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Festive Fundraising at Walker Filtration

PUBLISHED Friday, December 15 2017

Today Walker Filtration’s UK Head Office are once again participating in National Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save The Children.

This fun and festive event is a great way for the Walker Filtration family to come together for a fantastic cause and get in the Christmas spirit. Prizes were awarded for best jumper and all funds raised go towards essential healthcare, education and food for children all over the world who are missing out on these basics.  

Walker Filtration have also donated funds to the NSPCC children’s charity through our Corporate Charity Christmas Cards.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Walker Filtration Ltd!

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Brian and Carol Walker Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

PUBLISHED Friday, October 27 2017

Walker Filtration are delighted to announce that Chairman and Founders, Brian and Carol Walker have been awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards that took place on Thursday 26th October 2017.

The regional awards, held at Sunderland football club’s Stadium of Light, recognises innovative businesses and catalysts for development in the region. Brian formed Walker Filtration with his wife Carol Walker in 1983. The Washington based headquartered Walker Filtration Group has grown to serve a global filtration market in over one hundred countries, expanding its offices to the Americas, Asia and Australasia. The award recognises 34 years of industry leading technology, phenomenal growth, job creation in the region and subsequent global success.  

Brian Walker commented “We are honoured to be given this award and I thank the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards for their recognition. We have always been passionate about enterprise and engineering in the North East and we are committed to continuing the long-standing history of manufacturing in the region.

Brian continued, “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. Our mission is to remain at the forefront of the filtration industry - continuously developing new technologies, processes and solutions.”

This award follows Walker Filtration being 5-time Queen’s award winners for Enterprise in Innovation, Export and International Trade and follows a particularly successful year for Walker Filtration – launching 3 new product platforms out their head office as well as growing their employee team globally. 

Sunderland is a manufacturing powerhouse with a global presence, attracting business and hosting more than 80 internationally-owned companies. Walker Filtration are proud of their North-East roots and to be spearheading innovation in the region.

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Walker Filtration participates in MacMillan's 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning'

PUBLISHED Friday, October 6 2017

Walker Filtration’s Head Office in Washington, Tyne and Wear, UK, took part in the annual Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 29th September to help raise money to support those suffering from or impacted by Cancer.

The company are thrilled to announce that their staff collectively managed to raise a fantastic £285.00 by contributing, purchasing cakes and donating money on the day.

The UK based ‘Macmillan Cancer Support’ are a fantastic charity that provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support for those affected by cancer, as well as campaigning for better cancer care. All money raised will help Macmillian to fulfil their goals of ensuring that there’s always someone there to give the support, energy and inspiration to those in need.

Walker Filtration are proud to be part of such an inspirational event which raises money for such a worthwhile cause.

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Walker Filtration Shortlisted for 2017 ‘Made in the North East’ Awards

PUBLISHED Thursday, September 28 2017

Walker Filtration are delighted to announce that their head office in the UK has been shortlisted for the Export Award at the 2017 regional UK ‘Made in the North East’ awards. These respected awards recognise and reward the manufacturing talent and skills that the local region has in abundance.

Group Managing Director, Lianne Walker MBE (MBA) commented ‘I am thrilled that we are once again being recognised as a pillar of North East industry. Last year we were honored to win the innovation award for our commitment to design and sound engineering. This year being shortlisted for the Export Award recognises our hard work as global leaders of the industry. Established in Tyne and Wear in 1983, our heritage is rooted in the North East of England and we are extremely proud to represent the area on an international scale.’ 

The winner will be announced on 19th October.

Walker Filtration would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the other shortlisted nominees.

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Meet Our Graduates - September 2017

PUBLISHED Thursday, September 14 2017

In December 2016, Walker Filtration welcomed three new employees at their UK headquarters as part of our graduate development scheme. The programme provides the opportunity for the new recruits to rotate through departments and acquire a range of skills and experience.

This week we spoke to Ryan Jefferson to learn about his experience so far:

 

What were you doing before applying to the WF graduate scheme?

Before joining the Walker Filtration graduate scheme, I completed an apprenticeship at a nearby manufacturing site.

 

What made WF stand out as a company?                                 

When I met with Lianne Walker at my first interview it was clear the company had good values. It seemed like a great place to develop new skills and progress.

 

How long did it take you to settle into the team?

As I joined Walker Filtration with two other graduates, I felt part of a team instantly. We completed a team building exercise which broke the ice, it really helped me to settle in quickly.

 

What has your experience been like so far?

I wasn’t expecting to have such an integral role in the bigger projects, however being involved has helped me to see the direct impacts they have on the business. It’s been very interesting.

 

How does working at Walker Filtration differ from your previous roles?

It’s very fast paced and different to my apprenticeship. On the graduate scheme things are constantly changing and you’ve got to adapt to the different roles. You get used to one role, complete your project, then you move to another department which is also an intense role and required to integrate yourself into a new team. Walker Filtration want us to rotate through departments so that we learn about all areas of the business, adapt to new environments, and apply our skills to different areas. Although it’s been challenging, the experience has been very rewarding.
 

 

What skills have you learned so far, and have you learned anything you didn’t expect to?

Being at Walker Filtration has strengthened the skills that I picked up in my engineering background. Being here I’ve had new experiences and gained more knowledge through working on various products, which has allowed me to put my engineering skills into practice and apply them to different projects.  

 

 

Where do you see yourself in two years, after finishing the graduate development scheme?


We were told when we joined that the area we had previous training or experience in would be the last department we would be placed in, as the Company want us to develop our skills in areas we aren’t familiar with first and gain a comprehensive overview of the business. I’ve been in Quality, Supply and Process and, like all roles, I have experienced highs and lows. I’ve hit roadblocks in my projects along the way, but the challenge is to overcome these and find a solution or develop a contingency plan. I think all my placements so far have been positive – I have learned a lot and had a lot of good feedback. If you ask me where I want to be in two years, I’d have to see what the rest of the placements are like first.

 

Finally, what’s been the most rewarding part of your time here?

Reaching key milestones in a project and being able to see how much it has progressed. At the minute one of my projects has just finished; I’ve managed the design and development of packaging for the filter elements and duplex housings for Walker Filtration’s new filter range: ‘The New Alpha Series’. It was good to go to project meetings to see how the project is progressing and it is rewarding to complete a project and get the recognition for completing it successfully.

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Encouraging Future Talent | Walker Filtration Supports the Next Generation of Female Engineers

PUBLISHED Monday, July 17 2017

This year, Walker Filtration has once again taken part in the Engineering in Education Scheme (EES), working alongside the Engineering Development Trust and Newcastle High School for Girls to provide AS Level students with experience of real engineering projects.

EES is designed to encourage and support students who wish to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. The scheme has proven successful thus far, with 89% of students going on to study STEM subjects at degree level.

The students from Newcastle High School for Girls took part in a six-month long project, working alongside engineers from Walker Filtration to investigate unconventional methods of bonding filter cartridges to injection moulded end caps. The students developed problem solving skills and gained experience of working on live engineering and manufacturing projects.

Ryan Defty, a Design Engineer at Walker Filtration, commented ‘Working with EES to encourage young people to study STEM subjects provides an excellent opportunity for students to consider a future within engineering. We hope we have given the students a valuable insight into how exciting and rewarding a career in this industry can be.’

Mr Andrew Morton, a Physics teacher from Newcastle High School for Girls who co-ordinated the project said, ‘We have for a number of years had a lot of interest from students who would like to pursue STEM careers such as Engineering and Physics, and this has been steadily growing. The EES is an excellent scheme and we have been lucky to have had the support of Walker Filtration for a number of years. This strong provision has led to students gaining experience and knowledge of the world of Engineering and helped enormously in increasing the number of young women advancing into science-based careers.’

Walker Filtration are delighted with the success of the project and our engineers have been impressed with the high standard of the work the students produced. We are looking forward to taking part in the project again next year and continuing to encourage the next generation of talented individuals to study STEM subjects.  

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Charitable Champions | Staff get ‘Pretty Muddy’ for Cancer Research Race for Life

PUBLISHED Thursday, June 29 2017

On Saturday 24th June members of Walker Filtration’s staff participated in a “Pretty Muddy” Race for Life spanning 5KM.

The team have so far raised over £550 for Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, which conducts research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Through our support and fundraising events like the Pretty Muddy 5k we can help support ground-breaking research that helps see more people survive cancer.

The determined team climbed, crawled and scrambled over a series of obstacles, at Riverside Park in County Durham to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The course challenged them to bounce through the mud on space hoppers, crawl through muddy trenches, and help each other climb through a maze of bungee cords.  The ladies’ favourite obstacle was by far the giant mud slide at the end, with many of the team heading back for a second turn!

Walker Filtration and our staff have always placed significant focus on corporate social responsibility and are often involved in various charitable fundraising events. Well done ladies for completing this challenge for such a noteworthy cause.

From the photograph at the finish line, it seems the team certainly did get pretty muddy!

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Meet Our Graduates - June 2017

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.

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Walker Filtration Introduces Revolutionary Multi-Banked Solution to Compressed Air Filtration

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.”

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Meet Our Graduates – April 2017

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.

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Walker Filtration Takes Part in PwC's '5 Days of Private Business' Celebration

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.

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Walker Filtration Donate Easter Eggs To Local Children's Ward

PUBLISHED Thursday, April 13 2017

Last week Walker Filtration Ltd employees made their annual donation of Easter eggs to a local children’s ward: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, UK. As a business founded in the North East, Walker Filtration Ltd is committed to supporting the local community.

Rachel Redshaw, Group HR Manager commented ‘It is great to see the enthusiasm from our staff toward our charity events and fundraisers. The generosity from all of the staff involved in our Easter Egg donation has been incredible.’

The staff donated a total of 80 Easter eggs to children who were spending their Easter holiday in hospital.

Lianne Walker, MBE (MBA) said ‘I am proud of our employees for their commitment to helping the wider community. The donations we have received for our Easter Egg collection this year have been outstanding, it is fantastic to see our staff get involved with so many worthy causes.’

Other charitable events include participation in the ‘Pretty Muddy’ Race for Life charity event, which will take place this June, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

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