HS-UK Publishes a New Book, ‘The Clement Clarke Centenary 1917-2017 – The First 100 Years’

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Haag-Streit UK (HS-UK), the leading manufacturer and distributor of gold-standard optometry and ophthalmic equipment, is pleased to announce the publication of a new book, ‘The Clement Clarke Centenary - 1917-2017 - The First 100 Years’. 2017 marks Clement Clarke Limited’s centenary year, and this commemorative book celebrates the long and varied history of the company.

Clement Clarke Centenary Book

The Clement Clarke story commences with the company’s humble beginnings in 1917, when Clement Clarke Dispensing Opticians was formed. It then sees the company begin a successful collaboration with Edgar Fincham to produce the first British slit lamp and the Fincham Ophthalmoscope. In the book you will witness the company expand its spectacle frame-making business by setting up its first Eye Clinic in the 1920s and discover how this aided the conception of the National Eye Service and influenced the NHS ophthalmic services we know today.

Celebrate the launch of the revolutionary new Synoptophore in the 1930s, and learn about its use in the orthoptic testing of RAF servicemen and how this impacted the Battle of Britain. See why Clement Clarke Limited diversified into artificial eye production, facial prosthetic reconstruction and the manufacture of sight safety flying goggles during the war years. Find out about the company’s entry into the respiratory market in the 1940s, with the development of an early inhaler, followed by a revolutionary new general anaesthetic machine, the Marrett Head.

Moving through the 1950s, we see the company relocate to Harlow to enable integration of the medical and aviation communications operations into a single factory. During this decade Clement Clarke Limited also forms a successful partnership with Dr. B.M. Wright to produce the first portable peak flow meter. The book explains how, in the 1960s, sight testing services by opticians became a recognised Health Act and, with the increased demand for spectacles, a huge programme of modernisation commenced at manufacturing subsidiary Hanwell Optical Company.

In the 1970s, we see the ophthalmic division of Clement Clarke Limited amalgamate with Airmed, and the company reform under the new name Clement Clarke International (CCI). We also learn about the company’s expansion with its purchase of John Weiss & Son Limited. CCI is then acquired by the Haag-Streit AG optical group in the 1980s and the internationally-renowned Haag-Streit Group we know today was formed. The company’s UK-wide dispensing optician stores were then sold to the high street chain, Boots PLC, resulting in the formation of Boots Opticians. The 1990s sees a focus on innovation and the development of new products, many of which have become the gold-standard in their field and are still used in modern practice today.

Moving into the present day, this book describes the separation between the ophthalmic, respiratory and telecommunications divisions and the sale of Clement Clarke Communications to the MEL Group. It concludes with an overview of how the current three remaining companies - Haag-Streit UK, Clement Clarke International and John Weiss & Sons - continue to support Clement Clarke’s original vision, employing cutting-edge technology to make a significant difference in the medical sector.

Read an electronic version of the book at http://hsuk.co/clementclarkebook. It is a companion piece to the ‘Clement Clarke Movie’, which can be viewed online at http://hsuk.co/clementclarkemovie.

For news media enquiries, please contact:
Erika Poole
Marketing Co-ordinator
Email: epoole(at)haag-streit-uk(dot)com
DDI: 01279 456260

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