The recently-established KSB Pumps and Valves Namibia will be headed up by newly-appointed managing director DeWet van Wyk.
The evolution from a sales office of the South African operation to a fully-fledged company comes at a time when soaring demand for pumps and services necessitates a move to bigger premises with a fully-stocked distribution warehouse, service and repair facilities in order to meet future growth requirements.
DeWet, who is a veteran of the Namibian pumping industry, has been involved in many pumping projects around the country ranging from the procurement and installation of KSB pumps and valves at the country’s major water utilities, to large-scale mining and agricultural projects, as well as a myriad of smaller projects.
“We are fortunate that KSB has been one of the preferred pump suppliers in Namibia for decades and with our vast footprint in the country and the Namibian government pushing for more local content, the decision was made to establish a fully-fledged local company,” says DeWet.
Situated in the Northern Industrial area of Windhoek, the company’s new premises consist of nine offices, two boardrooms, reception and a fully-equipped workshop area. The workshop has two large roller doors for deliveries and collections that makes access in and out easy. The location has quick access to the highway and is close to most of KSB’s key customers and suppliers.
“Additionally, we will have a workshop and a field service team to provide maintenance, services and repairs and enough spares to cater for our footprint in Namibia. This will give us a more dedicated focus on our clients and further improve service and reliability of our supply chains. What is more, we now provide local content to the Namibian market and will not need to constantly import equipment from South Africa, which unnecessarily lengthens delivery waiting periods,” adds DeWet.
A bit of background
KSB has operated in Namibia for over 31 years teaming up with Fenner in 1990 and Hydroweld two years later when Fenner changed its strategy and necessitated the move. The move to Hydroweld gave the team the room and resources to greatly expand operations in Namibia and laid the path for future business while building long-lasting relationships with local industry.
This growing success led to the operation becoming a KSB Sales Office for KSB Pumps and Valves South Africa in 2014 and effectively laid the foundation for the establishment of the new business. “The opening of the doors of the new business and new premises on 1 January 2021 marks a new milestone for KSB Pumps and Valves Namibia to grow and expand our business to all corners of the country,” concludes DeWet.
KSB Pumps and Valves Namibia (Pty) Ltd
27 Birmingham Street, Northern Industrial Area, Windhoek
Tel: +264 61 22 12 66