Pentair is pleased to announce that it opened a new regional office in Nairobi, Kenya. The company, a global water, fluid, thermal management and equipment protection partner, delivers industry leading products, services and solutions.

The new regional office, located in Nairobi’s main business district Westlands, will enable Pentair to provide exceptional customer service in the East African market through local presence.

“With the rapid growth in the African middle class, there is a greater demand for local processing than ever before,” said Olaf Müller, Vice President, Pentair Food & Beverage Process Solutions. “This new office allows us to provide local customer support and service, as well as provide customers access to Pentair’s diverse portfolio of products, solutions and services from all of its businesses. This includes our food and beverage customers as well as Pentair’s businesses that serve the energy, industrial and residential industries.”

Pentair’s Nairobi, Kenya office is headed by Emmanuel Rurema, Director Business Development for Africa, who brings an excellent knowledge of the market and customer needs. Rurema joined Pentair’s Kenya Team from Pentair Haffmans, a leading provider of quality control equipment and carbon dioxide systems for the brewing, soft  drink, wine, bioethanol, and biogas industries. Rurema joinedPentair Haffmans’ Sales Department in 2001, where he was responsible for Africa, the Middle East, French speaking Europe, and Southeast Asia. Most recently, Rurema served as Commercial Director at Pentair Haffmans and Director Business Development for Africa.

“We see great potential in the African markets now and in the future”, said Rurema. “The new Kenya office will bring Pentair’s products, solutions and services closer to the regional customer base and pave the way for future sales and service efforts in the African markets, which is in line with Pentair’s overall growth strategy.”

The Nairobi office will also serve as a centralised hub for Pentair’s community outreach efforts in Eastern Africa. Pentair is working with groups including The Nature Conservancy, Action Against Hunger and Shining Hope for Communities to bring sustainable access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene to communities throughout the region.