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Firms partner to enhance availability of pumps

20 February 2014, 08:24

Nairobi - Davis and Shirtliff, the water equipment supplier, has launched a KES 4 million Grundfos sub-factory to reduce waiting time for out of stock pumps and improve market availability.

The in-house assembly plant has been initiated in partnership with Grundfos SP borehole pumps.

“We can now assemble at least 10 pumps a day, unlike before when customers had to wait up to 16 weeks for pumps which were out of stock,” said Alec Davis Group Chief Executive Officer, during the inauguration ceremony held at the Davis and Shirtliff head offices at Industrial Area in Nairobi.

“Grundfos has partnered with Davis and Shirtliff to ensure that our customers' access products within the shortest time possible while maintaining the global quality of our products,” said David Githendu, Grundfos Regional General Manager.

The Grundfos submersible pump will now be assembled in two hours at the factory, and then shipped to clients in the region.

The sub-factory comes at a time when Davis and Shirtliff has reported a 14 percent rise in demand for its pumps in 2012, with the company having sold over 80 000 pumps in 2013 alone.

The growth is in tandem with United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund global figures, which indicate the number of people using boreholes grew from 1 billion in 1990 to 1.3 billion in 2010.

A total of 80 percent of these borehole users, almost a billion people, are in rural areas.

While majority of these use hand help pumps, there has been an uptake of machine operated pumps.

The demand for pumps in Kenya is attributed to the central and county government focus on water supply and insufficient rain resulting in increased use on underground water.

“We have more communities using boreholes as a primary source of water this has spurred a demand for the products as more and more villages now turn to boreholes as a primary source of water,” said Davis.

– CAJ News

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