KURIMA MACHINERY AND TECHNOLOGY STARTED OUT IN 2018 IN SMALL PREMISES IN MSASA. THEY EXPANDED RAPIDLY AND SOON OUTGREW THE AVAILABLE SPACE SO IN JANUARY OF 2019 THEY RELOCATED TO A NEW WAREHOUSE/OFFICE SPACE IN MELBOURNE ROAD IN SOUTHERTON.
THE COMPANY HAS CONTINUED TO EXPAND AND IN APRIL THIS YEAR THEY MOVED AGAIN TO MUCH BIGGER PREMISES IN HOOD ROAD ALSO IN SOUTHERTON. THE PROPERTY WAS FORMERLY THE HEAD OFFICE OF HAMISH CAMERON – VETERINARY SUPPLIES AND STOCK FEEDS. BY CHANCE, IT PROVED TO BE A GOOD FIT AS BOTH COMPANIES ARE INVOLVED IN THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY AND SOME OF HAMISH CAMERON’S CUSTOMERS QUICKLY BECAME KURIMA’S CUSTOMERS. IT’S ALSO CONVENIENTLY CLOSE TO OTHER AGRICULTURALLY ORIENTATED ESTABLISHMENTS LIKE THE TOB ACCO FLOORS AND JOHN DEERE
Most of the equipment is quite rugged and durable and it’s fairly simple for even unskilled people to make minor repairs with basic tools. In the event that more complex repairs are needed Kurima has a team of mobile mechanics who can hop onto their motor bikes and head off to fairly remote rural areas to provide assistance. Kurima’s product range includes a two-wheeled tractor that you can walk behind, or there’s an attachment for a seat too. A variety of implements can be attached to the tractor including a furrow plough, a harvester, a reaper, planters and even a 1.5 tonne trailer. The belts from the tractor can also be used to drive other equipment like maize and groundnut shellers and threshers.
They also supply the more conventional four-wheel tractors as well as petrol or diesel-driven shellers, hammermills suitable for making stock feed, pelletisers, grinding mills and peanut butter making machine. In addition, they have a range of milking machines and both manual and powered cream separators for the small scale dairy farmer. They also supply some simple irrigation equipment.
To see the full range of their products visit: www.kurimamachinery.com.
Before Kurima could set up their showroom and offices in Hood Road, as well as their workshop and warehousing space, they needed to do some fairly extensive renovations. The roof was replaced and skylights and whirlybirds were installed in the workshop. Although the overall footprint of the building remained the same new windows were installed in the office area and the whole place was given a fresh coat of paint inside and out.
New branding and signage was installed outside to promote the company’s image. In the office section layers of old carpets were torn out and replaced with tiled floors, partition walls were removed to create a large open plan space and even the rest rooms were refurbished. The new, large office is now light and bright with modern furniture supplied by Maori Furniture from the Mokuba Group. (See S&D issue 40) The warehouse and the workshop are also now light and airy and well set out. There’s an adjacent warehouse on the site, currently used by other companies, but Kurima hopes to expand and incorporate the additional space in the near future as their stock and product range grows.
The extra space has allowed Kurima to consolidate stock that was previously stored in other warehouses. They also have space for assembling machinery sourced from Brazil, China, India, Turkey and other suppliers around the world. There’s enough room for their own manufacturing division and for conducting research and development as well as the workshop for after sales servicing and maintenance.
There’s even a small empty plot of land behind the warehouses which would be ideal for on-site demos of the equipment.
Working with the Ministry of Agriculture and international NGO CIMMYT Kurima regularly holds demos and training programmes in rural areas focusing on conservation and climate smart farming methods. They offer a nationwide delivery service in partnership with Swift and their products are available at some farm stores around the country.
To find out more about Kurima Machinery and Technology:
Visit: 5 Hood Road, Southerton
Call: +263 787 907 340 // +263 242 622 085