Founded in 1864, the Clarke Chapman Group specialises in materials handling equipment, providing manufacturing, consultancy and support services to a wide range of industry sectors across the globe. 

Clarke Chapman comprises a number of divisions Cowans SheldonStothert & Pitt, and Wellman Booth. all well-established names in their respective sectors. Headquartered in Gateshead in the North East of England, the 3.6 hectare site also serves as a manufacturing, assembly and test facility for the group.

In 2000 Clarke Chapman was acquired by Langley Holdings plc, a diverse, privately  owned engineering group based in the UK  with principal operating divisions in Germany,  France and the UK and more than 70 subsidiaries worldwide.