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Walker Filtration praised for manufacturing excellence as regional winner of North East Business’ ‘Manufacturing Award’

PUBLISHED Monday, March 18 2019

Walker Filtration has been confirmed regional winner of the North East Business ‘Manufacturing Award’.

 

The Walker Filtration Head Office, based in Washington, Tyne & Wear, UK was up against tough competition from the likes of Barbour and the Simpson Group, but was ultimately triumphant in being declared the winner.

 

Held in Association with the North East England Chamber of Commerce, the North East Business Awards celebrate the achievements of successful and innovative business in the North East.  The Manufacturing Award places emphasis on quality, sustainability and investment in people and equipment.

 

Julie Robinson, Operation’s Director at Walker Filtration commented: Walker Filtration has been designing and manufacturing compressed air and gas filtration and drying solutions in the North East of England for over 35 Years. Having been with the Company for 30 years I’ve seen Walker Filtration grow from a team of 20 to a team of 300+. The key to our continued success is ultimately attributed to our passionate and highly capable workforce that excels in delivering innovative and high quality, custom engineered solutions for clients around the globe.

 

“We are passionate about manufacturing in the UK and it is an honour to receive an award that recognises our achievements in the manufacturing sector.”

 

Sean Fairest, Walker Filtration General Manager, added, “This is great news for the business and testament to what a fantastic team we have at Walker Filtration, not only here in the UK but also our divisions overseas. The Group has made a strong start to 2019, with sales exceeding budget and staff numbers increasing by 21% in the first two months of the year.

 

“This year is going to be a big one for the company, with lots of new projects on the horizon and significant investment well underway to support the continued growth of the business. We look forward to attending the North East Business Award finals in May.”

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WALKER FILTRATION CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF INNOVATION AND TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

PUBLISHED Wednesday, March 13 2019

Walker Filtration, is celebrating it’s 35-year anniversary as a pioneer in the development of compressed air and gas filtration and drying equipment.

Since being established in 1983, the company has seen significant change, growing from a small family business to a world leading manufacturer of high-quality compressed air filtration and drying solutions for industrial and medical applications worldwide.

With subsidiaries in the USA, Australia and Japan, Walker Filtration successfully exports to over 100 countries worldwide, accounting for 89% of sales. The five-time winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise manufacture approximately 2.2 million parts annually across more than 10,000 unique products and have introduced numerous additions to their product range in the last two years.

Looking to the future, Walker Filtration’s priorities are focused on remaining an outstanding employer and increasing its production volumes further, while maintaining its position at the forefront of the filtration industry.

Sean Fairest, Group General Manager of Walker Filtration, said: “Reaching this milestone is a testament to the commitment to manufacturing and engineering excellence the company has consistently demonstrated over the last 35 years. The key to our success is due to the efforts and commitment of our people, many of whom have been with the company for a long time, which is evidence of the culture in which we work.

“We are looking forward to our continued success and growth as a regional manufacturer.  The next 35 years are sure to be just as exciting – if not more so – than the first.”

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Walker Filtration Shortlisted for Manufacturing Category In North East Business Awards

PUBLISHED Tuesday, February 12 2019

 Walker Filtration are delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2019 North East Business Awards ‘Manufacturing’ category for the Durham, Sunderland & South Tyneside area.  

The shortlist for each category consists of three companies/organisations, the winner of which will be crowned on Thursday 14th March at Ramside Hall Hotel.

Held in association with the North East Chamber of Commerce to celebrate achievement and innovation, the North East Business Awards recognise the success of small and large businesses across the region.

Walker Filtration are celebrating 35 years of manufacturing in the North East and this exciting nomination represents the company’s commitment to innovation and development, which enable them to operate as an international leader within the filtration industry.

Operations Director, Julie Robinson, commented: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted for an award that celebrates manufacturing in the North East as a result of our dedication to industry in the region. We pride ourselves on the quality and innovation of our products and we hope to continue to operate as a manufacturing flagship within the North East.”

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Walker Filtration’s graduate programme success

PUBLISHED Friday, January 18 2019

Walker Filtration’s UK headquarters has welcomed Hang U Lie to the team as a Production/Process Improvement Engineer, following her completion of our graduate development scheme in October 2018.

The two-year graduate programme provides the opportunity for graduates to rotate through departments within the business gaining a holistic overview of the company and day to day operations. Due to her academic background in Chemical Engineering and Operations Management, Hang’s graduate programme was personalised towards Operations and Engineering.

We caught up with Hang, who shared her experiences of the company and the graduate scheme:

What does your current role entail?

As a Production/Process Improvement Engineer, I provide support to production’s daily activities and implement improvement projects to continuously increase production efficiencies, generate cost savings and improve quality, all while maintaining safety for the workforce.

What was the most exciting project that you worked on during the graduate development scheme?

I have enjoyed all the projects as they have challenged me in various aspects, enabling me to gain crucial influential and management skills. I particularly enjoyed running improvement projects, as they have a wider implication within the business and I get to work with people from other disciplines and all levels within the organisation.

What were the main challenges during the programme?

Throughout the programme, everyone has been very helpful and patient. I was able to quickly learn about products and respective processes from colleagues in each department. The only challenges I faced were completing projects from each placement in the designated timeframes, and how to handle unexpected delays or changes.

How did you decide which department was the right one for you at the end of the scheme?

Since the beginning of the programme, I always expressed my interest to progress my career path in engineering related roles, therefore I pursued a longer placement within technical and process engineering departments. Subsequently, I decided to apply for a role within process engineering as it provides the right opportunity to further apply and develop my expertise. The projects presented in production offer a wide variety of challenges and career opportunities.

What initially attracted you to Walker Filtration?

The fact that the graduate programme is bespoke to each graduate’s career aspirations and their unique skillset really appealed to me, as did the family culture that is instilled in the company; it’s a very supportive and encouraging environment to work in.

What are the most valuable skills you gained during the graduate programme?

Over the last two years, the graduate scheme has enabled me to greatly improve my people skills. Due to the nature of the projects I have worked on, I was able to work with people from various functions, understanding their roles and key responsibilities. This has widened my understanding of the business and I am now capable to make informed decisions that consider the potential factors that may impact other departments. Building good working relationships with all levels enabled me to work effectively, especially when implementing changes throughout the organisation.

Walker Filtration is thrilled to have Hang join the team on a permanent basis and wish her every success in her role. Interested in finding out more about our graduate scheme? Contact hr@walkerfiltration.com to find out more about our current and upcoming opportunities.

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