Clark-Drain was formerly known as Clarksteel Ltd. We were founded in 1963 by Francis Clark and his wife Dorothy who were looking to buy a manhole cover. At that time they were quoted a 12 to 18 month delivery time! So instead of waiting, they set about making a cover by themselves. In fact, that first cover set new industry standards as it was made from steel rather than the usual cast iron. Sadly, Francis passed away in 1998 and Dorothy in 2014, but family members continue to play key roles in the business.
At Clark-Drain we continue to invest in our technology and people here in the UK and worldwide as both our national and international business continues to expand. Even though we have become much larger, we still retain our traditional values – meeting our customer needs by being highly innovative, not compromising on quality and being focused on giving customers the best possible service.
All work is carried out under a BS EN ISO9001:2008 Quality Management System (Certificate No. FM 86830) and the whole team is committed to the principles of Total Quality Management.
1963 - Clark and Son formed
1965 - Company reformed as Clarksteel Ltd
1965 - Set new industry standards with the development of first steel cover as an alternative to cast iron
1978 - Started exporting first steel covers to Singapore and Indonesia
1981- One of the first drainage suppliers to replace Durbar plate with a 'self-manufactured' embossed pressed steel cover
1986 - Introduced plastic product range with easy form corners for increased strength in covers
1995 - First to make tooling and patterns in-house for pressing own recessed pavior
1998 - Clarksteel Ltd rebrands as Clark-Drain Ltd to reflect its growing portfolio of traditional and specialist drainage products
1999 - State-of-the-art robotic manufacturing process first introduced onto the shop floor for welding steel lids and covers, increasing productivity and precision workmanship
2003 - Use of robotic technologies extended to incorporate 'own-design' plastic frames with steel covers
2012 - Began same day despatch service offering delivery times of 2 to 3 working days
2012 - Developed polypropylene linear channel product for rail platform installations which takes 25% less time to install than traditional products
2015 - Significant investment in in-house heavy duty polypropylene chamber production
2016 - Continuous investment in cross-category new product development and enhancement