Silage clamp installation and consumables specialist Bock UK, based in Colchester, has a new name following a management buy-out from its German parent Böck Silosysteme. GmbH.

The business will now trade as ARK Agriculture. The company has been in a joint venture with the Milbank Group, a pre-cast concrete manufacturer in nearly Earls Colne, since 2011. ARK is now chaired by Sean Milbank, with Francis Auchincloss, William Wilson and Oliver Peck making up the board of directors.

ARK Agriculture’s core focus will remain clamp and covering systems for forage crops and anaerobic digestion systems, but its product range has been extended. In partnership with Du Pont Industrial Biosciences, ARK Agriculture will supply enzymes for optimising biogas yields and the digestion of high viscosity materials such as straw, for plant operators in the anaerobic digestion sector.

Business development director Mr Wilson comments: “This is an exciting new chapter and gives us a platform to build on our experience in delivering silage clamp solutions for the agricultural and biogas industries. As a team, we have built well over 50 clamps across the UK and advised hundreds of customers on how to make the best silage possible.

“With our new enzyme offering and further innovations in the pipeline, we are confident that ARK Agriculture can scale new heights.”