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Walker Filtration Lands Honours at Regional Manufacturing Awards

PUBLISHED Monday, December 5 2016

Having been shortlisted in two categories at this years’ ‘Made in the North East’ Awards, Walker Filtration took home the Innovation Award after proving to Judges that innovation is at the heart of the company.

Walker Filtration, Washington based manufacturer of compressed air filtration and drying equipment, manufactures all their product at their UK office and places significant investment in R&D. Competing against some of the best manufacturing companies in the North East this is an incredible achievement for Walker Filtration as they continue to champion British Manufacturing and push compressed air filtration to new market levels.

Speaking of the award, Group Managing Director, Lianne Walker MBE (MBA) said, “This is a fantastic end to a successful year here at Walker Filtration. The Made in the North East Awards are a celebration of Manufacturing in the region and we are incredibly proud to have been part of this years’ awards.”

She continued, “Following our 2016 Queen’s Award win for Enterprise in Innovation, a second award in this category underpins the company’s commitment to investing in innovation and highlights the engineering and manufacturing talent we have within the business and the region.”

The award was achieved through the development of a unique range of air/oil separators for use in oil flooded rotary vane pumps. The company’s commitment to solid innovation and engineering allowed them to create a product that outperformed competitor products in the market place by a factor of 10.

As a winner of a regional award, Walker Filtration moves forward as a finalist in the National ‘Made in the UK’ event.



Made in the North East Shortlist Success | Celebrations continue with double nomination for Walker Filtration

PUBLISHED Tuesday, November 1 2016

Walker Filtration are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for not one, but two, 2016 ‘Made in the North East Awards’, receiving nominations in the categories of ‘Innovation’ and ‘SME Manufacturing Company of the Year’.

Group Managing Director, Lianne Walker MBE (MBA) commented: “Walker Filtration is extremely proud of its North East heritage, and we are passionate about investing manufacturing and engineering in the region. To be shortlisted for the Made in the North East awards, that recognise and celebrate the success of local manufacturing businesses, is an honour.”

The nomination comes less than a month after Walker Filtration were officially presented with a 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

The winners of each Made in the North East category will be announced on Thursday, 1st December, 2016, at an awards dinner which is to be held at the Radisson Blu in Durham.


Royal Seal of Approval | Walker Filtration Celebrate Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation

PUBLISHED Friday, October 14 2016

On Tuesday 4th October Walker Filtration Limited were delighted to welcome Her Majesty’s Representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Mrs. Susan Winfield OBE, to present the company with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. The award was presented to Group Managing Director Lianne Walker MBE (MBA) in a ceremony which featured employees from the UK Head Office.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is an outstanding achievement for British businesses, being awarded to only those who demonstrate the highest levels of excellence. This is Walker Filtration’s fifth Queen’s Award to date and first in Innovation, having previously received four for International Trade.

Walker Filtration’s Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation was achieved through the development of a unique range of air/oil separators for use in oil flooded rotary vane pumps, highlighting the company’s commitment to solid innovation and engineering which has enabled the creation of a product that outperforms competitor products in the market place by a factor of 10.

In her speech to Walker Filtration employees, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, Mrs. Susan Winfield, OBE heralded the company for its commitment to the region of the North East: “This is a company established, developed, and based within Tyne and Wear, yet operating and supplying products worldwide, with an international reputation for innovation and excellence. My congratulations to everyone involved at Walker Filtration for this outstanding achievement in winning the Queen's Award for Enterprise for the fifth time.”

Upon accepting the award, Lianne Walker MBE (MBA), Group Managing Director of Walker Filtration, commented: “We are extremely proud to have been presented with a 2016 Queen’s Award, an event that is even more poignant due to Walker Filtration being one of only three companies in the North East to have achieved this honour. We are passionate about enterprise and engineering in the North East and we are committed to continuing the long standing history of manufacturing in the region.”

Lianne Walker, MBE (MBA) also thanked Walker Filtration staff for their role in helping achieve the award and reinforced the importance of continuous progression: “From Brian Walker starting out on his own in 1983, to operating on an international scale and employing over 250 staff worldwide in the present day, the growing demand of our products is testament to the dedication and passion of the Walker Filtration team – both here in the UK and in our Divisions overseas.” Lianne continued, “Our skilled and dedicated team have proven that, with time and resource, any goal can be achieved. Our vision for the future is ambitious and as a team we will continue to innovate, improving our product and services, allowing us to expand our market share and international reach even further.”


Walker Filtration Introduces PRODRY│A New Generation of Desiccant Dryers

PUBLISHED Tuesday, July 26 2016

Walker Filtration has built a global reputation on innovation and reliability to become the partner of choice for companies utilising compressed air and gas. We are delighted to carry on the tradition of innovation and introduce the next generation of our PRODRY Compressed Air Desiccant Dryers for worldwide release in Summer 2016. 

Combining customer feedback and smart technology, our team of engineers have developed a product which delivers maximum performance with customers’ needs in mind.  The new PRODRY Compressed Air Desiccant Dryers cut service time in half, boast significantly increased energy efficiency, reduce noise and provide customised options to meet nearly every customer requirement. 

The new range integrates into our current PRODRY offering and covers flow rates from 45 scfm to 360 scfm. Tested and validated to international standards, PRODRY’s multi voltage capabilities allow for worldwide installation.  The new PRODRY larger flow models now come with an option to upgrade to advanced dewpoint management for greater operating efficiency and a significant reduction in operation costs.  

“The new generation of PRODRY represents the culmination of development and innovation by our dedicated team,” remarks Group Managing Director, Lianne Walker, MBE (MBA).  “We are excited to bring a superior PRODRY desiccant dryer to the market, and confident that the exceptional performance and improved design will not only meet our customers’ requirements, but also exceed their expectations.”

For more information about our new and improved range of desiccant dryers, visit our New Desiccant Dryers Product Page or call your nearest Walker Filtration Sales Team.




Supporting STEM Subjects: Inspiring a New Generation of Engineers

PUBLISHED Monday, May 23 2016

In recent years there has been a vast decline in the number of students choosing to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) qualifications, resulting in a skill gap in the UK engineering and manufacturing industry. 2016 winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, Walker Filtration, understand the need for companies to help reverse this trend and are committed to investing in the emerging talent of tomorrow.


‘Walker Filtration is passionate about the North East and is committed to ensuring that the region remains a ‘powerhouse’ for British manufacturing. A crucial element to achieving success in manufacturing is investing in the talent of tomorrow - People are the heart of our company, without them, and without the right skill sets, we would not be able to continually deliver the exceptional levels of service and world-class engineering that we do today.’


We place significant focus on activities surrounding engineering in education and helping the next generation to develop their interest and knowledge in STEM subjects and Engineering. We work closely with regional schools, colleges and universities to help develop talent in the North East.’- Lianne Walker MBE (MBA), Group Managing Director, Walker Filtration Ltd


Walker Filtration works alongside the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) and has recently completed a six month project with Newcastle Royal Grammar School as part of a wider Engineering in Education Scheme (EES). The project involved delivering a live project brief to a group of Year 12 Students, providing the AS-Level pupils with ‘hands-on’ work experience testing and evaluating compressed air filtration media. During the project the students were encouraged to demonstrate creativity, leadership and innovation whilst gaining extensive experience of problem-solving, team-working and project management.


‘I am delighted that our students have been part of such a high quality educational enrichment scheme. It is so important that students have access to opportunities that educate them in the wide range of career opportunities associated with STEM subjects. The invaluable work experience provided by Walker Filtration will enable the students who participated to make an informed decision about their future studies and potential careers in engineering.’ Patricia Gill, Physics Teacher, Newcastle Royal Grammar School.


The project culminated with a technical report and presentation to a board of assessors at Newcastle University. On completion of the project students attained the British Association (BA) Gold CREST Award.


Rachel Lambert (MBA), Design Engineer at Walker Filtration who worked with the students said, ‘It was a pleasure to work with the Royal Grammar School and such intelligent and conscientious young adults. We were blown away by the quality of the work the students delivered and are delighted to be part of EES. It is so important that students have access to opportunities that educate them in engineering. Engineering is such a versatile and rewarding career path and this scheme allows the younger generation to experience this first hand. ’



Manufacturing Success: Walker Filtration Win Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation

PUBLISHED Thursday, April 21 2016

Walker Filtration are delighted to announce that they have been honoured with a 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Innovation.

The award celebrates Walker Filtration’s commitment to providing innovative, market leading products, and the development of a unique range of air/oil separators for use in oil flooded rotary vane pumps.

Walker Filtration, have a history of success, having previously received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade four times in recognition of the growth of their export business. This is Walker Filtration’s first time receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise recognises outstanding achievements made by UK companies in three key areas of business: International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. The awards, which are made each year by Her Majesty the Queen, are the UK’s most prestigious acknowledgement of business enterprise, requiring the highest levels of excellence to be demonstrated in each category. This year awards are particularly special as they coincide with Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday Celebrations.

Commenting on the award, Lianne Walker MBE, Group Managing Director of Walker Filtration, said:

“We are overjoyed and honoured to have been presented with another prestigious Queen’s Award, this time for innovation. Innovation is essential to sustaining business performance and maintaining competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

“Our company-wide commitment to exceptional and innovative design, along with a proven track record of engineering excellence, enables us to remain at the forefront of the compressed air filtration and drying industry. This award is recognition of this – it acknowledges the efforts of all of our employees, both here at our UK headquarters and in our divisions overseas.”