SERVING THE FOREST INDUSTRY SINCE 1924

Company History

Wm Clark and Son (Parkgate) Ltd has provided engineering and forestry services for almost 100 years and are one of the UK’s leading suppliers and manufacturers of forestry equipment. Founded in 1924 by William Clark, the company began as a blacksmith and farrier, with the repair of forest cultivation spades and hand tools and the shoeing of forestry horses.

In the late 1940’s, William Clark’s son, Murray, began to design and manufacture a range of forest cultivation ploughs. Over 2000 ploughs were sold and exported worldwide and much of the UK’s established forests were initially cultivated with Clark ploughs. Wm Clark and Son also developed deep working ploughs for specialist applications such as salt ridging in Iraq, oil exploration in Australia, irrigation in Africa and sub-sea cable trenching around the UK coastline.

In the early 1980s, the decline in bare ground tree planting in the UK, along with changes in cultivation techniques resulted in the degeneration of plough manufacturing and so, Douglas Clark, Murray’s son, moved the company into the sale and manufacture of specialised timber harvesting equipment. In the 1980s, Clark became the distributor for many of the world’s leading forestry equipment manufacturers, including Indexator Ab of Sweden and OFA tyre chains of Finland; relationships that still exist today. At this time, the company also began the design and production of forest machine tracks (which eventually became Clark Tracks Ltd), and their first range of Clark log grapples. Over the following years, Clark secured the dealerships of many more of the world’s leading forestry equipment manufacturers who are still represented today including, ExTe, Cranab, Markusson, Oregon, Tamtron and most recently FaoFar for their range of forwarding trailers.

The production of forest machine tracks began in 1988 and Clark became the second largest manufacturer of this equipment worldwide. Most Clark tracks were fitted to Nokian forestry tyres which resulted in a close technical relationship with Nokian and ultimately the UK distributorship for Nokian Tyres in the UK. A new company, Nordic Tyres (UK) Ltd, was formed in 1999 to sell and market all Nokian heavy tyres. Clark Tracks Ltd was broken away from the main business and ultimately sold to Gunnebo Industries Ab in 2007.

After the sale of Clark Tracks the company moved into new areas, one of which was the sale of forestry PPE and arborist equipment managed by Yvonne Clark. After securing the world leading Pfanner and Protos distributorships for the UK and Ireland in 2012, this business grew substantially, resulting in the formation of a new company, Outwear Ltd, in 2018. Outwear operates from its own warehouse in Lockerbie and now represents many leading brands for the professional outdoor worker and outdoor enthusiast.

Progressing into the new millennium, design, innovation and product development has been at the heart of the company and today Clark leads the market with their range of innovative refuelling tanks and systems, whilst the Powerhand division are a leading designer and manufacturer of forestry, sawmill, recycling and railway attachments.

2019 saw the company reach a new milestone in its history, with Murray, the son of Douglas and Yvonne Clark, becoming the fourth generation of Clarks to join the family business. Murray has now assumed the role of Managing Director and with a new factory construction planned to further expand the business in 2022, he is following in the entrepreneurial footsteps of his predecessors; setting the company on a new trajectory, with the future looking as positive as ever.

Top Quality for Tough Environments

Within our experienced team at Clark, we understand how unforgiving and demanding the forest industry can be therefore, whether representing world class forestry brands or manufacturing our own products, we seek to provide the highest quality products to our customers.

STRONG SALES CONNECTIONS

Clark are proud to represent many world leading forestry brands and products with many relationships stretching back more than 30 years. We value our strong partnerships with world class companies such as Indexator rotators, Cranab grapples and cranes, ExTe timber bunks and load securing technology, Tamtron weigh systems, Oregon harvester bars and chain, Markusson chain sharpeners, Distein tree marking paint and many more. To enable us to offer a first class service to our customers we hold large stocks of products and our sales team have extensive experience and knowledge on the products.

SERVICE

We pride ourselves on being able to provide complete back up and support for our products and have factory trained engineers who are available to service the products that we sell.

The Clark hydraulic clean room facility is world leading in the service of forestry hydraulic motors from brands such as Indexator, Poclain, Danfoss, Parker and Bosch Rexroth.

MANUFACTURE

At the core of our offering is our extensive manufacturing capabilities. We believe in controlling the manufacturing process all the way from design to the finished product.

Our refueling and storage range and all Powerhand products are designed and manufactured in house.

We also have the capabilities to design and manufacture bespoke solutions to suit our customer’s needs.

Engineering

Since our inception in 1924 as a blacksmith and farrier, engineering has been at the core of our practices. We pride ourselves on our engineering knowledge and expertise and being able to offer innovative solutions to our client’s problems.

Several manufacturing divisions have been born from our engineering capabilities including, Powerhand and Clark Refuelling and Storage Systems and Clark Tracks Ltd (sold to Gunnebo Industries Ab in 2007).

We have state of the art engineering facilities from design to CNC plasma cutting, bending, CNC machining, fabrication and testing. We believe in investing in the best equipment to provide our customers with the highest quality service, allowing you to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Speak to one of our team today to see how we can assist you with your engineering needs.

Hydraulic Motor Repair

Clark Engineering is the UK and Ireland distributor for Indexator rotators of Sweden. Our engineers are factory trained in the service and repair of Indexator products and we offer a fast turnaround service in our world leading service centre.

Clark also have extensive capabilities in the service and repair of Poclain, Danfoss, Bosch Rexroth and Parker forestry motors.

Hydraulic Cylinder Repair

We offer a comprehensive hydraulic cylinder repair service for forestry and industrial equipment covering all of the UK.

We have the manufacturing capacity to repair hydraulic cylinders up to 200mm in diameter and up to three metres in length. We hold large stocks of hydraulic cylinder component parts and raw materials. Our advanced manufacturing facilities ensure we offer a fast, efficient and reliable service.

Grapple Repair Service

We offer a repair service for timber grapples and loader grabs. The full process of examination, design, repair plates, fabrication and machining is all done in house. We use high strength alloy steels to repair your grapples to the highest standard.