Celebrating product excellence
Having served Namibians for almost 40 years, Taurus Maintenance Products has established itself as a household brand
16 August 2019 | Business
Boasting five branches– three in Windhoek and one each in Swakopmund and Oshakati – and a network of sales representatives countrywide, Taurus enjoys a reputation of delivering quality products to both large contract cleaners and Joe Soap.
Managing Director Georg Stadtherr ascribes their success to slow but steady expansion. “It’s thanks to the sturdy base that my father, Roland, created that we have a strong base today in spite of the challenging economic times.”
Georg says that Taurus Maintenance Products was established by Klaus Becker and Klaus Rottmann in 1981. “Two years later, during those infancy stages, my father along with a silent partner bought them out. Slowly but surely the business expanded. In that time we moved from a small warehouse to the property in Joule Street and in 2004 we opened our warehouse and outlet branch in Prosperita. We also opened a factory in the northern industrial area. In 2010 we could expand our footprint to Oshakati and in 2016 we opened a branch in Swakopmund that serves our clients along the coast,” Georg says.
These branches are served by a dedicated staff complement that undergo both in-house and external training regularly. “Besides bi-weekly sessions for sales staff and once-weekly sessions for production staff, we also rotate our staff between the branches regularly so they are exposed to experiences from elsewhere,” Georg says, adding that many have been with the company for more than 25 years.
In terms of products, Georg says what makes Taurus special is that all their cleaning products are manufactured locally following rigorous research and development. “It can take up to two years before a product is put on the shelf,” he says. He is also very proud of the fact that their products are eco-friendly, “and everything is bio-degradable.”
Besides their own wide range of detergents, Taurus is also the distributing agent for Kimberly-Clark and the Serra range, as well as other well-known brands like Wynn’s and Alcolin and Bostik. The latter two ranges are mainly available for local hardware stores countrywide.
Taurus also sells items like mops, brooms and useful cleaning equipment.
Celebrating another milestone this Saturday, is the opening of their Kärcher Center Taurus with a showroom at the premises in Joule Street in Windhoek’s southern industrial area. For this special event, Taurus has invited their friends and clients to celebrate with specials on Kärcher products and prizes that can be won. The event takes place from 09:00 to 14:00, with the official opening slated for 11:00. Then visitors also get the chance to mingle with the two Miss Namibia princesses and other VIPs.
Having been involved with the Kärcher brand in Namibia since 1989, Georg says the opening of the new showroom is the result of 30 years of work. The Official service department or Workshop which serviced all the Kärcher equipment was started 1997. we started off with a container-sized office after which a couple of moves followed.”
Thus no surprise that the Taurus team is excited about this new addition.
Other future developments include major revamps for their head office along with extensions at their branches. This goes along with the newly completed renovation of the Kärcher showroom.
So, why use Taurus Maintenance Products?
“By buying from us, you’re supporting a local workforce and the local economy,” Georg says. “Along with that you’re buying products of a superior quality. And don’t forget that we deliver free of charge!”
Taurus Maintenance Products is open from Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00, and closed during the lunch hour.