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 and product groups Cowans Sheldon, Stothert & Pitt, Wellman Booth and Protran Liquefied Bulk transporters 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.