Born in 1950, Bevan Davis matriculated from Springs Boys High and went on to join the army, where he rose to the rank of Major; serving as an Artillery Battery Commander with the Transvaal Horse Artillery during the Angolan war. Having completed his national service, he studied Irrigation Engineering and Management via the Stewarts and Lloyds Group.
Since starting Davis & Deale Pumps and Irrigation in 1980, Bevan’s passion for innovative design saw him developing many patented products and world-firsts, such as:
- The first water meter made entirely from engineering polymers for the Meinecke Group (now Xylem). This ground-breaking technology has completely replaced domestic brass meters. Davis & Deale Irrigation has subsequently developed the complete package of meter, housing, valves and fittings. This product is supplied to municipalities throughout South African and Africa.
- The original Micro Irrigation Sprayer System, a concept which is used the world over for citrus, sub-tropical, nursery and garden irrigation.
- Product development, tooling and production for the internationally renowned “Kreepy Krauly” pool cleaner for over 25 years (now Pentair).
- The first plastic muffler, which received the International Design and Innovation Award from Du Pont in 2000.
- Design of a rotational moulding machine to produce large tanks.
Initially, production was outsourced, but due to the inferior quality offered by the market, Bevan purchased Conver-Tek in order to ensure quality tooling and production.
Bevan’s passion for toolmaking led him to become a Founding Chairman of the Plastic Mould Makers Association, as well as a Director of the NTIP. These initiatives aim to educate, recapitalise, develop and industrialise technology and toolmaking in the South African Economy. More than 250 toolmakers have gained qualifications through this initiative.