PUBLISHED Thursday, June 8 2017
In December 2016 Walker Filtration Limited welcomed three new graduates to the company as part of our Graduate Development Scheme.
Annah Baines, who has now been with the company for six months, shares her experiences of the Company and Graduate Scheme so far.
What did you study before you joined Walker Filtration?
I studied for my Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature at Newcastle University and graduated in 2015. Knowing I wanted to follow a career in a business setting, I realised I would need more knowledge and experience, and I decided to pursue a master’s degree in Management at Durham University to give me a stronger understanding of business management.
What was it that attracted you to Walker Filtration?
When searching for a suitable graduate position Walker Filtration stood out immediately. As a business operating on a global scale, their headquarters are in Washington, Tyne and Wear – providing an opportunity to work in an international business right here in the heart of the North East. When I researched the company further, I discovered that Walker Filtration are a family run business and their passion for the North East is apparent in their investment in the local community and people – a big draw as I’m from the local area myself. This investment in people, and having the opportunity to learn and work directly with Lianne, definitely attracted me to the company as it shows the family’s dedication to the business and focus upon employee’s personal development.
What did your first company placement involve?
Since January I have been working as part of the marketing team, focusing on the company’s new product launches. It has been and exciting time to join the company, and provided me with the opportunity to take ownership of a major project – implementing a brand new product microsite. My first placement has been very busy, with lots of hard work – but this has enabled me to really expand my skills and provided me with invaluable knowledge of product marketing.
What other activities have you been involved with?
I have also been involved with a number of projects involving marketing support and communications. Prior to joining Walker Filtration I had studied English Literature in my undergraduate, so my writing and analytical skills proved useful as I was able to support in content writing for press releases, product literature and a new microsite.
What have been the main challenges?
The main challenges have been working in such a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines to ensure we meet customer demand. Additionally, being involved in major product launches means I am constantly being challenged to learn about the products quickly and extend my knowledge on a daily basis. However, I believe that working in the marketing department during several product launches, and during such a busy period, has enabled me to expand my product knowledge faster than I would have in another role - or during a time when product launches were not a focus.
What else are you looking forward to on the Graduate Scheme?
I am most looking forward to having the opportunity to move around the business, extend my knowledge of the different areas of business that I studied during my masters, and understand how each department functions to ensure the company is continuing to grow and be successful.
Where do you see yourself in two years, after finishing the Graduate Development Scheme?
Upon completion of the Graduate Scheme, I see myself working in sales and marketing on new product development - working to promote product to customers and prospective customers. Although, I am keen to learn about other areas of the business - and I may change my mind about where I’d like to be in two years once I have spent more time in different departments!
Finally, what is the best thing about working at Walker Filtration?
It has to be the on-site gym. I am a fitness fan and the opportunity to go straight from my desk to the gym after work is a huge bonus.
PUBLISHED Tuesday, May 9 2017
Walker Filtration has used their technical expertise to once again create an innovative new filter range. The PRO XF is a high efficiency, compressed air filter, featuring an innovative modular design to provide a flexible, reliable and compact compressed air filtration solution. To support the product launch Walker Filtration has also launched an online product space: www.walkerfiltrationlaunches.com, dedicated to the business’ new, market-leading product launches.
Designed for high flow applications and operating pressures of up to 16 barg, PRO XF has revolutionised the fabricated flanged market – providing a reliable and flexible modular design that is ideal for use in multi compressor installations and skid based packages.
By expanding the range to include threaded variants, PRO XF delivers a comprehensive product range with flow rates from 700 to 3000 scfm (1189 to 5097 Nm³/hr). Available in 2”, 2 ½”, 3” BSPP and NPT threaded, and DN80 (3”) and DN100 (4”) flanged housings, the PRO XF range is suitable for installation worldwide.
Through innovative design and lean manufacturing, Walker Filtration has been able to significantly reduce lead time when compared to conventional fabricated vessels, holding all components in stock.
PRO XF’s unique modular construction is available as individual threaded or flanged ‘Complete Filters’ which, by integrating with PRO XF ‘Filter Modules’, can be multi-banked to create a space efficient filtration solution. The PRO XF design is up to 65% lighter and 45% smaller when compared to comparative fabricated models. With a 30% cost saving on each Filter Module, when multi-banking with an equivalent sized complete filter, this revolutionary design not only saves on space and service time, but money too.
Featuring five filtration grades, from 25 micron to 0.01 micron, for particulate, vapour and coalescing filters – PRO XF filter elements are manufactured using quality materials to provide optimal performance, minimal pressure drop and reduced whole life costs. The new PRO XF range will meet and exceed the highest standards of air purity when tested in accordance with ISO 8573-1:2010 air quality classes to provide a safe and reliable compressed air filtration solution.
The range also includes Water Separators, removing 99% of bulk liquid in line with ISO standard 8573-9. The centrifugal module has been custom designed to feature a Vortex Arrestor to stop re-entrainment and eliminate points of low efficiency. This ensures minimal operating pressure loss and maintains excellent liquid removal, even at low velocities. No replacement components are required for the PRO XF Water Separator, making it a viable, cost effective solution to removing bulk water from compressed air.
PRO XF delivers significant reduction in maintenance and installation time, with savings of up to 80% for the flanged product when compared with traditional filter vessels. PRO XF incorporates a unique top loading screw cap design, and a new ‘Easy Grip’ filter element, to provide improved accessibility to the filter element and quick and clean element change-out. Combined with a new externally accessible drain which eliminates the need to gain access to the internal of the filter bowl to remove the drain - servicing has never been easier.
Lianne Walker, MBE (MBA) Group Managing Director said “We are very excited to bring a revolutionary change to the design of our air filter range. By incorporating engineering excellence and innovative design, Walker Filtration have delivered a world-class, modular design that is easy to install and most importantly is available in stock. PRO XF provides improved operating efficiencies by reducing service time and improving ease of installation, which is why our clients and customers have put their trust in our product for over 30 years.”
PUBLISHED Thursday, April 27 2017
In December 2016, as part of their Graduate Development Scheme, Walker Filtration welcomed three new Graduates to the team. As part of the scheme, Graduates rotate through the company completing placements within each department to grow and develop their skills and build their career within the business.
The training and development offered on the Graduate Scheme is bespoke to the individual, with longer projects focusing on the individual’s area of expertise, and shorter placements in a variety of other departments that allow the graduate to widen their knowledge and gain an understanding of how all aspects of the business function.
Read about one such graduate, Hang U Lie, who has just completed her first placement at Walker Filtration, working in the Supply Chain Department.
What did you study before you joined WFL?
I studied for both my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree at Newcastle University. For my Undergraduate Degree, I studied Chemical Engineering and then pursued my Master’s Degree in Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
What was it that attracted you to WFL?
The Graduate Scheme advertised the opportunity to learn about the business as a whole, and spend time in different departments – allowing me to gain knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the business. This attracted me to the company as a rotational scheme such as this would allow me to work alongside those with skills and expertise in a wide variety of areas of the business, and provide me with the opportunity to be involved with a diverse range of projects across the company. I feel Walker Filtration’s ambitious plans for future growth and company development align with my career objectives, giving me the opportunity to grow and further develop my own professional expertise.
What have you been working on for the past three months?
For the past three months I have been working within Supply Chain Management for my first placement within the business. As well as learning about supply chain strategies and developing an understanding of how this is aligned with the goals of the business, the project gave me the opportunity to work alongside a cross-functional team, and develop relationships with a number of our suppliers.
What have been the main challenges?
The company is highly customer-focused and innovation led.We are always striving to meet and exceed customer needs , hence Walker Filtration can be very fast paced - which has been challenging to adapt to. However, the sense of achievement when overcoming these challenges, and meeting a customer’s requirements is very fulfilling and rewarding.
What are you looking forward to on the Graduate Scheme?
I am really excited about having the opportunity to work within various departments, and take on projects that contribute to the wider organisational goals of the company. I am also really excited about the endless opportunities for development that Walker Filtration offers us on the Graduate Scheme.
What about the training and development?
The scope for training and development is vast. As well as working with and being trained by individual members within the department, I have also had the opportunity to go on supplier visits, coordinate a project integral to a new product launch, and participate in training on Microsoft Projects – a software package I previously hadn’t used.
What about the culture?
As a family-run business, Walker Filtration is a workplace where there is a strong sense of community within the business, everyone works together effectively and all members of staff have shown me a lot of support during this early stage in my career.
Where do you see yourself in two years, after finishing the graduate development scheme?
Upon completion of the graduate scheme, I see myself working as a Project Engineer working upon a wide range of projects that would enable me to use my technical expertise, and take part in the growth and development of the company. I also hope there will be opportunities for me in the future to develop my managerial skills and become a leader within the company.
PUBLISHED Thursday, April 20 2017
Walker Filtration is delighted to have been involved in contributing to PwC’s ‘5 days of Private Business in Yorkshire and the North East’, celebrating innovation and the variety of businesses success in the area. We are proud to be part of the North-East Business community and have been dedicated to our continuous investment in the area since the Company was established in 1983.
With our Headquarters located in the region for over 30 Years, Walker Filtration is strongly focused upon ensuring there are career progression opportunities for the 200 staff we employ in the North East of England. We also invest heavily in Apprenticeships and Graduate Development Schemes to develop talent in the area.
Committed to providing opportunities and prosperity for our growing workforce both locally and globally, Walker Filtration has grown into a successful global business. Manufacturing all of our products in the UK, we export to over 100 countries worldwide, including our Walker Filtration divisions in Australia, America and Japan.
Group Managing Director, Lianne Walker MBE (MBA) commented; “Walker Filtration is passionate about the North East and is committed to ensuring that the region remains a ‘powerhouse’ for British manufacturing. It was a pleasure to take part in PwC’s ‘5 days of Private Business’ in the North East, reflecting upon the success of Walker Filtration and other businesses within the region, recognising how much they have contributed to the growing economy in the area.”
Walker Filtration’s vision for the future is ambitious; through a company-wide commitment to exceptional innovation and design, coupled with continued investment in technology, innovation, and people, Walker Filtration continue to grow their workforce and compete on a global scale.