Davis & Shirtliff inks distribution deal with Kurita Europe

Davis and Shirtliff Group CEO David Gatende -Kurita
Davis and Shirtliff Group CEO David Gatende: PHOTO/COURTESY

Leading water and energy solutions provider Davis and Shirtliff has entered into a water and effluent treatment chemicals distribution deal with German based water treatment firm Kurita Europe GmbH, a subsidiary of Kurita Water Industries from Japan, in an effort to expand the two firms’ product portfolio, reach and customer base.

Davis and Shirtliff CEO David Gatende said the partnership -the first of its kind for Kurita within the East African region- will see the company introduce a wide range of Kurita manufactured industrial water and wastewater treatment chemical products to the Kenyan and larger African markets, providing customers with the opportunity to experience the benefits of Kurita’s cost effective and high quality water and effluent chemical products.

The company will achieve this by capitalizing on its wide customer base and broad geographical reach that spreads across African countries.

“With this new partnership, Davis & Shirtliff intends to become a key player in the water treatment chemicals segment. Kurita has a long history of innovation and technical expertise and with access to the wide range of innovative Kurita chemicals as well as its global expertise and footprint, Davis & Shirtliff will now be able to increasingly grow its capabilities in industrial water and wastewater treatment and offer cost effective solutions in a wide range of products and services,” said Davis and Shirtliff Group CEO David Gatende.

‘’The Kurita Group is strengthening the foundations of its business to provide comprehensive solutions on a global level. We have been building our business presence in a number of regions and since 2018, the Group has been focused on expanding growth opportunities,’’ according to Kurita’s 2019 report.

Founded in 1949, the German company has over 6,500 employees worldwide, generating a turnover of approximately 2.3 billion USD.

“We have been testing the quality of the Kurita products at various customer sites to evaluate their efficiency and effectiveness and are satisfied that the products have passed every single quality test we have conducted on them,” he said.

In addition to conducting quality tests on Kurita products, Mr. Gatende pointed out that exhaustive technical training for key Davis & Shirtliff water treatment personnel, who will be storing, handling and transporting the Kurita chemicals locally and regionally, has been conducted in partnership with Kurita to ensure safe management and usage of the chemicals once they hit the local markets.  The training, Mr Gatende said will be a continuous process for their personnel.

Kurita is mainly engaged in the provision of water treatment-related products, technology and maintenance services. The Company operates in two business segments. The Water Treatment Chemicals segment is engaged in the manufacture and sale of water treatment related chemicals and related equipment, as well as the provision of maintenance services. The Water Treatment facilities segment is engaged in the manufacture and sale of facilities related to water treatment and wastewater treatment, as well as the provision of services related to maintenance, ultrapure water supply, tool cleaning, soil remediation and chemical cleaning.

Some of the Kurita products that D&S will be distributing across Africa include: Cetamine, the latest technology in Boiler water treatment and the Biocide Kuriverter IK 110 which is used to prevent bio-fouling in Reverse Osmosis membranes. The Kuriverter IK 110 is the only biocide in the world to be approved with NSF certificate for on-stream use in membrane system. It eliminates use of chlorine traditionally used for preventing RO membrane biofouling. Also eliminates dosing of Sodium Metabisulphite for dechlorination before water enters the membranes.

The deal with Kurita is however not just limited to the aforementioned distribution pact with more partnerships already in the works between the two firms according to Mr. Gatende.

“Kurita has acquired the order and supplied cooling tower chemicals to Olkaria Unit 5 Geothermal plant.  D&S is also working with Kurita to develop a range of treatment options for the country’s geothermal power plants through Kengen Olkaria. The business will in future be transferred to D&S because of the company’s position as Kurita’s local partner,” Mr. Gatende concluded.

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