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Investing in the Wider Community: Charitable Champions

PUBLISHED Thursday, September 3 2015

Walker Filtration have always placed significant focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and as a North-East England headquartered company, believe it is important to invest in the wider community. During the summer months Walker Filtration staff have been involved in various UK based charitable fundraising challenges.

On Saturday 29th August the ‘Walker Wainwrights,’ consisting of Walker Filtration staff members Simon Scott, Stephen Palmer, Jordan Shippen and Gareth Johnston, were one of 55 teams that embarked upon the ‘Race the Sun’ triathlon challenge in the Lake District.

Raising money for Action Medical Research, the challenge started just before sunrise and involved undertaking gruelling cycling, climbing and canoeing challenges before racing back to the finish line before sunset. The determined team embarked upon 50 miles of cycling, an ascent to the summit of Mt. Helvellyn which is England’s second highest mountain at 3,116 feet, and a 3 kilometre long canoeing course on Lake Thirlmere. 

The Walker Wainwrights finished the race with a time of 10 hours and 27 minutes, placing them 20th out of all 55 teams, and raising a total of £2000 for this very worthy cause.

The ‘Walker Pink Ladies,’ consisting of Walker Filtration staff members Dorinda Brown, Helen Grey, Kasmir Isadore, Michelle Swinhoe, Kelly Bamborough, Louise Hetherington, Lyndsay Bacon and Lindsey Waterson also completed the Newcastle Race for Life on Sunday 12th July.

Raising money for Cancer Research, a charity that funds vital research into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer, the energetic team ran a total of 3.1 miles across the Town Moor in Newcastle upon Tyne.

In total the Walker Pink Ladies managed to double their target of £250 and raise over £500 for this very worthwhile charity.


Inspiring a new generation: UK Engineering in Education Scheme

PUBLISHED Thursday, August 27 2015

The UK has the lowest proportion of women in engineering roles in Europe. Startlingly, only 7% of engineering professionals are female, and the proportion of women in engineering apprenticeships is even lower. In order to help reverse this trend and help inspire a new generation of women into engineering, Walker Filtration is working alongside the Engineering Development Trust (EDT).

As part of a wider Engineering in Education Scheme, Walker Filtration have worked with North-East England independent girls’ school, Newcastle High School for Girls, over the last academic year to deliver a live project brief to a group of Year 12 girls. The six month project provided the AS-Level Physics pupils with ‘hands-on’ work experience testing and evaluating recently developed filtration products. During the project phase, the girls were encouraged to show industrial enterprise, creativity and innovation whilst gaining extensive experience of problem-solving, team-working and project management.

The project culminated with a technical report and the girls also presented their findings to members of the Walker Filtration Senior Management Team. On completion of the project, the girls attained the British Association (BA) Gold CREST Award.

‘I am delighted that our girls have been part of such a high quality educational enrichment scheme. It is so important that girls have access to schemes that open their eyes to the wide range of career opportunities in STEM organisations. The invaluable work experience provided by Walker Filtration will enable the girls to make an informed decision about their future studies and potential career in engineering.’ Hilary French, Headmistress, Newcastle High School for Girls.

Walker Filtration place significant focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and as a North-East England headquartered company, believe it is important to invest in the local and wider communities. Other CSR initiatives which have taken place this year include donations to local hospitals as well as fundraising for national children and cancer charities.


Expanding Horizons: New Division in Japan

PUBLISHED Thursday, July 9 2015

As part of a targeted global expansion strategy and following rapid yet sustainable growth, Walker Filtration have launched a new division in Yokohama, Japan.

With the Company head office in Washington, UK, and having previously established successful divisions in Australia and the USA, Walker Filtration are delighted to announce further expansion.

Dr Simon Bartram, has worked with Walker Filtration for a total of five years and will be heading up the Japanese office as Business Unit Leader. His knowledge of the compressed air industry and specifically product development makes him ideally placed to lead the division to success.

‘We are excited to be continuing to expand our global horizons with the opening of a new division in Yokohama, Japan. With a confident and experienced team, the division is well positioned to service and grow our client base in Asia-Pacific.' Lianne Walker MBE, Group Managing Director

Founded in 1983 by husband and wife Brian and Carol Walker, Walker Filtration is a family run business that has continued to enjoy success on an international scale for over 30 years. Walker Filtration exports close to 90 per cent of its output to more than 60 different countries.



The Digital Age: Corporate Website Re-Launch

PUBLISHED Thursday, July 9 2015

Walker Filtration is delighted to present their re-launched Corporate Website.

The revised website and new dynamic appearance highlights the company's global footprint and commitment to delivering innovative, market leading product and service. The website launch closely follows Walker Filtration's further expansion into the Far East, with the opening of a division in Yokohama, Japan.

The new Walker Filtration website offers improved search functions, enhanced content and optimisation for use on mobile devices. The new look and feel emphasises Walker Filtration’s position as a global player, their excellent standards of service and their passion for innovation.

Walker Filtration is committed to investing in new technology and expertise - qualities that have allowed us to remain at the cutting edge of innovation in the compressed air filtration industry for over 30 years.

'Our new website demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards of quality and manufacturing in a culture driven by our family values. It will prove invaluable in terms of identifying individual customer requirements and will help Walker Filtration to target these needs specifically. We are excited to be able to offer a website that offers superior user experience and we invite you to start exploring.' Lianne Walker MBE, Group Managing Director.

Over the coming months we will be running new functionality and adding additional content across the site. Visit us often and connect with us on LinkedIn.