Coastweek-- February is always the end of the
intensive year preparation cycle and as usual the process of
plans and budgets as well as statutory and policy reviews have
been completed and we now face the New Year with confidence.
It has started well for the D&S Group
with satisfactory growth on last year and a number of new
A notable one is opening of another
branch, D&S Embu, implemented by energetic GM
Sales Margaret Wangui, assisted by new Manager
Benjamin Ochelle and already three more are in
hand. The target this year is eight new branches
and it will certainly be achieved.
An important development at D&S has
been the recent focus on technology that has
emanated from the 2015 year theme ‘Leadership
One example of an initiative that has
been introduced is the new D&S GO App, a unique
tool for pump selection and product referencing
that was entirely developed in-house by E
specialist Ken Muturi.
Others include iDayliff which remotely
monitors and controls pumps and now other
equipment like generators and water treatment
plants, a revamped interactive website that
includes an e-Shop, advanced electronic control
functionality for various products including
booster sets and water treatment plants, ‘Synchroteam’,
an advanced service control process that
entirely removes all hard copy documents and a
large investment in our IT infrastructure that
has greatly increased efficiency.
D&S Chairman Alec Davis.
There is a huge amount of indigenous
technology talent in Kenya and D&S is proud that we are
fully taking advantage of it to create world class
Compared to imported alternatives the
products and systems that are being developed are
cheaper, more serviceable and designed for the local
environment and in many ways create optimal solutions
for our customers.
“I must also mention our great concern
about the terrible drought the country has recently
experienced, though hopefully it is breaking with
the onset of the seasonal rains,” says D&S chairman
It has caused great deprivation in the
rural areas and in our small way we have been pleased to
help alleviate the suffering through installation of
pumps, mainly solar powered.
Solar pumping is now an established,
affordable and reliable technology and the installation
of solar pumps throughout the country will certainly
transform peoples’ lives.
D&S now has the widest range of solar
pumping equipment available in the market and we look
forward to continuing to contribute through the wider at
adoption of these solutions.
“I conclude by mentioning the
important event that occurred in February, the
marriage of younger son Henry, who works at HO in
the Supply function to Heather Cuthbert.
“This was a joyous event for the
family and I wish them a long and happy life
together.” says Alec Davis.