As Kenya fights to find a balance between opening up the economy and containing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, Sheffield Steel Systems Ltd is contributing to the strategy by having reinvented itself into a major supplier of hygiene solutions. The company’s focus on research and development (R&D) has seen it maintain continuous innovation.
Sheffield Africa is renowned for its commercial kitchen projects along with laundry and cold-room solutions for the hospitality, healthcare, corporate organisations and others.
At the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the hospitality segment, which contributed to more than 80 percent of Sheffield’s business, was the hardest hit, therefore affecting the company’s monthly revenue figures.
Sheffield decided to go back to the drawing board to find ways to rejig its production and sales focus in line with emerging needs. That saw the beginning of fabricating various solutions, such as ‘touch-free’ hand-wash stations with knee-press, foot pedal and sensor operated automatic mechanisms made from stainless steel, which is considered to be the most hygiene-friendly, durable and maintenance free material.
Sheffield has come a long way since then. The company has supplied such hygiene stations to the likes of Artcaffe Coffee & Bakery, Java House Africa, Serena Hotels, Sun Africa Hotels, Sarova Hotels, The Sopa Lodges, Kempinski, Hemmingway’s, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya Wildlife Services, International School of Kenya, Embakasi Police Station, Rupa Mall,amongst many others.
“As businesses re-open, we are offering customised hygiene solutions for different facilities to ensure adherence to the hygiene measures set by the Government of Kenya and the World Health Organisation guidelines to curb the spread of Covid-19. We will work with you to create a hygiene conscious environment across your facility; whether that is a hotel, restaurant, school, shopping mall, supermarket, office. Our solutions are designed to reduce risk and enhance the hygiene measures at your establishment,” says Mr Suresh Kanotra, the Managing Director of Sheffield Africa.
Sheffield believes in investing in R&D, and is in constant lookout for innovations that suit and serve local needs instead of choosing the easy route of importing. The company has diligently pursued its passion for design and engineering solutions.
“We foster a work environment where creative thinking is encouraged with a team of engineers and technical experts who research and develop cost-effective and sustainable products and services that provide value to both Sheffield and our customers,” adds Mr Suresh.
Sheffield holds true to its promise of not compromising on the quality and after-sales service, and has always believed in providing the best possible return for its customers’ investment. With strength of over 120 employees, Sheffield is today a one-stop solution for variety of segments.
Along with this, Sheffield also has developed more hygiene solutions ranges for disinfection purposes using ultra-violet radiations. They include wands, cabinets, conveyors, trolleys etc, with UVC disinfection technology.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Since inception, Sheffield Africa has been in the forefront in the commitment to achieve corporate social responsibility (CSR). Sheffield understands that they have a responsibility to the society and have made CSR an integral part of their business culture.
Coordination and collaboration are necessary to ensure all Covid-19 hygiene initiatives are reaching the population and delivering benefits to the whole of society. This is the prominent driver for Sheffield Africa to continue being involved in CSR.
Sheffield Africa recently made substantial contribution by donating touch-free, knee-operated stainless-steel free-standing sinks to the Kenya Wildlife Service as well as the Kenya Police station in Embakasi Division.
Sheffield is driven by the exciting opportunities created in the market each day to innovate and customise new solutions for customers and the engineering process and effort put in to bring these solutions to life.
“We are committed to providing exceptional end-to-end solutions and develop partnerships with our clients for their business start-up, growth and expansion from concept development to supply, fabrication, installation and after sales service and support across our full scope of works,” says Mr Suresh.
Visit Sheffield Africa website for a range of hygiene solutions that can be customised to your requirement www.sheffieldafrica.com