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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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