ENGINEERS in the country have been challenged to ensure that they do not compromise quality for price as the practice is likely to jeopardise the future of their professional services.
The advice was given in a cross section interview conducted by the 'Daily News' at exhibitions on the sideline of the 11th Annual Engineer's Day conducted in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.
"There is a serious problem in purchasing of materials used in engineering works because the major factor for selection has been on price, whereby low cost materials have been preferred by many," said Ms Jacquiline Mushi, a Sales Engineer at East African Cables Ltd.
Ms Mushi cautioned that in the next five years, the country may witness so many accidents due to electrical faults as a result of poor quality materials used in wiring.
Mar-Kim Uni Plast Co Ltd Director, Mr Mahmut Tekintas said that many customers prefer low prices without taking into consideration the standard of the products they are buying.
"We have been dealing on PVC and aluminium windows and door systems and our experience shows that many customers prefer low prices regardless of the quality," he said.
The GF Trucks and Equipment Ltd used the opportunity to showcase its new heavy duty brands used in mining and road constructions. They included heavy-duty graders, dumpers and wheel loaders made by Doosan, Terex and Liebherr.
The company's Senior Sales Engineer, Mr Juma Hamsini noted that the company also gives interest free machine loans to customers from public and private sectors with repaying period ranging between six and twelve months respectively.
Mr Hamsini noted that new machines were available at affordable prices, calling upon engineers to shun used machines and go for brand new ones to save the country from being a dumping ground for scraps.
Some 46 companies participated in the exhibitions where they were put in four categories namely manufacturers, service delivery, research development and vendors.
In the manufacturers' category, the Multi-cable Limited emerged winners, while Casumo Design emerged winner in service delivery category.
Others included Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) who emerged winners in research development category and Nabaki Africa who emerged winners in vendors' category.