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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.”


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.