High quality business services with strong focus on client service are critical in supporting the economic growth of the countries in which Maris operates. The Maris business services division portfolio provides a range of services to support major businesses, particularly those in the construction and infrastructure sectors.
The business services division portfolio includes the representation of JCB products in Angola, Tanzania and Rwanda. JCB is the second largest machinery brand in Africa after Caterpillar and is gaining market share, especially in the urban construction market. Maris also represents Parker and Kaeser products and is seeking additional agency relationships.
More recently, Maris started a drilling services company, Equator Drilling, developed on the back of a booming resource sector in Mozambique following world class coal discoveries in Tete and the discovery of the largest ruby mine in the world in Cabo Delgardo province in northern Mozambique. Equator Drilling has expanded its footprint to Kenya and more recently to the the Democratic Republic of Congo as it targets gold and copper clients.
Additional investments include Equator Energy, a renewable energy company which provides both on and off grid, hybrid solar solutions to industrial and commercial clients across sub-Saharan Africa. The business designs, finances, installs and then sells power to companies in order to reduce their annual power bills. It targets a wide range of sectors, ranging from retail shopping malls suffering from high grid electricity prices, to remote mining and warehousing operations running on expensive diesel power. Maris also holds a stake in Untu, one of Zimbabwe’s leading microfinance companies.