Pentair is a multinational that was established five decades ago with its global headquarters in Minneapolis USA. The firm delivers industry leading products, services and solutions that help people make the best use of the resources they rely on most. Through its revolutionary technology, Pentair ensures water available is plentiful, useful and pure, and that critical equipment and those near it are protected.
Pentair opened its office in Nairobi in 2014 to better support growing customer needs in Africa, especially in the food and beverage processing industry. The following is an abridged transcript of StartUp Magazine interview with Emmanuel Rurema, managing director of Pentair Kenya to learn a little more about the firm and its continental mission.
What’s your local mandate?
By having a local presence, our staff is able to provide local insights and support, while also offering customers access to Pentair’s diverse portfolio of products, solutions and services.
The world’s population is growing putting a strain on our water, food and energy supplies. What does it take to secure these resources?How does Pentair ensure that the challenges on water, food and energy are addressed?
By 2050, we can expect a global population of 9.7 billion people inhabiting an increasingly developing and resource-hungry world. Intense pressures on water, energy, and food will require solutions that promote efficiency and sustainable consumption.
Combining our global perspective, deep expertise, and proven innovation process, Pentair delivers industry-leading products, services, and solutions that help people make the best use of the resources they rely on most. Our technology moves the world forward by ensuring that water is plentiful, useful and pure, as well as protecting people and the environment.
For instance, Pentair’s water filtration and reuse solutions support communities around the world that need access to potable water, as well as industries seeking technologies that improve water efficiency and reduce costs. Our energy-efficient pumping solutions help reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of transporting water from source to treatment facility, and ultimately to the user. In addition, our membrane bioreactors and carbon dioxide, and biogas recovery systems help customers recover energy to offset the energy that is required for operations.
What are the emerging trends in your line of business, and how do they impact on your operations?
Around the world, and especially in Africa, there is a growing trend of urbanization which directly drives an increased demand for food, water, and energy. The food processing industry and energy production sector consume large amounts of water, and this is slowly leading to challenges in the water distribution between the industries and citizens.
Pentair addresses these trends with innovative technologies that help food and beverage processing and industrial customers operate more sustainably with lower water and energy consumption. Further, our water reuse solutions can help cities, manufacturers and commercial complexes reduce water consumption and increase their water supply independence by recycling and reusing their wastewater, thereby making more water available for the citizens.
Going forward, what strategies are you implementing to ensure you maintain market leadership?
Our expansion in Africa with the opening of the Kenyan office was made in order to be closer to the customers in the region, so that our team can interact directly with them. This allows us to better collaborate with customers to provide them with customized solutions. In addition, we are extending our distribution network in order to increase the coverage in the region.
The Nairobi office also serves as a centralized hub for Pentair’s philanthropic community outreach efforts in Eastern Africa. Pentair is working with groups including The Nature Conservancy, Water Mission and Shining Hope for Communities to bring sustainable access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene to communities throughout the region.