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William Clark Ltd

One of the Ireland’s oldest manufacturing companies invests in its future with SAP Business One from FUEL.

William Clark Ltd

William Clark is one of the world’s oldest companies, but it’s also one of the most progressive. A major player in the textile industry with a worldwide reputation of excellence in producing Irish Linen.

With over 300 years of business and customers spanning the world, the William Clark name is celebrated for excellence and quality and synonymous with furnishers, decorators and fashion designers alike. As the owners of the only working beetling engine in the world, still fully operational in an everyday production line, the company are incredibly proud of their past.

Over the past year William Clark has seen some significant changes with their factory expansion, hiring a new creative director and updating to state-of-the-art production and management technology.



Management at William Clark had been operating a semi-bespoke Financial/Manufacturing software for over 15 years. In order to fulfill their business growth plans they searched for a suitable ERP solution. A comprehensive end-to-end solution was required that would manage their core systems, automate processes and offer up-to-the-moment critical business information while reducing manufacturing costs.


The mill products sector has been around for a long, long time and many businesses in this sector have a long history of traditions going back decades if not centuries. Tradition and history are undoubtedly an important part of these companies’ identities however this can make it difficult for some businesses in this sector to change their, sometimes outmoded, business practices and manufacturing facilities.

With faster delivery times, configured products, and a demand for William Clark to design and produce newer better products, meant shorter product lifecycles while providing excellent customer value which was easily achievable with the support of SAP Business One and CompuTec ProcessForce from Fuel.

  • Better information management
  • Full visibility of William Clarks entire inventory
  • Process management and advanced planning means optimal management of the entire production process. As a result, William Clark can make solid promises and avoid disappointing their customers
  • To create multi-variant BOMs quickly using previously embedded data
  • A flexible system makes changing complex formulas and designs simple so that William Clark can react quickly to changes in demand


With the level of functionality required by William Clark several potential options were considered, and a list was created for the company to concentrate on. After a second round for investigations, FUEL was selected as William Clark’s preferred partner of choice.

It’s reasonably apparent that digitalization is unavoidable in today’s world and it was important that William Clark purchased the right ERP system. Fuel installed a customised SAP Business One system with the CompuTec ProcessForce add-on for process-manufacturing.

At William Clark we knew we needed an ERP solution that could develop as our business grew. The ERP management solution also needed a stable IT Infrastructure platform, and this was outside any knowledge we had. FUEL demonstrated the required expertise, tenacity and determination to partner us on our journey, and we were right!

Kevin Devlin, Production Director

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