Walker Filtration History

Established in 1983, the Walker Filtration history began to prove a commitment to exceptional and innovative design, and now showcases a track record of engineering excellence that has enabled us to remain at the forefront of the compressed air and filtration and drying technology for over 35 years.

With its origins in a garage in the corner of North East England, Walker Filtration has grown to establish divisions the Americas, Asia, and Australasia, manufacturing over 2.2 million parts and delivering 10,000 unique products to 100+ countries. Our growth was and continues to be driven through a customer-focused approach, offering exceptional levels of service, and placing emphasis on technical expertise.

1983

The very humble beginnings of Walker Filtration history has started with our founders, husband and wife team Brian and Carol Walker in the garage of their family home.

1984

Early success in overseas markets leads to the growth of the Walker Filtration team. This leads to the move to Bridgewater Road 270m² and the growth of the business to eight employees.

1990

The Walker Filtration team grows to 20 employees and wins its first Queen’s Award, for International Trade Move. The company moves to larger premises of 560m² in Tower Road.

1992

Walker Filtration expands into a 4,000m² purpose-built premises on Spire Road to support a growing 30 man team.

1994

Our first Division opens in Victoria Australia with Walker Filtration PTY.

1995

Walker Filtration celebrates its second Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade.

2001

Our founder, Brian Walker receives an MBE from at Buckingham Palace from Her Majesty, the Queen.

2002

Walker Filtration opens a new division in a 30,000 sq. ft (2800 m2) ISO 9001 accredited facility in Pennsylvania, USA.

2006

Walker Filtration awarded third Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade and host Prince Andrew at our Head Office.

2008

Walker Filtration celebrates 25 successful years in business.

2009

CEO Lianne Walker awarded MBE for contribution to Export and Manufacturing from Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.

2012

Walker Filtration is awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, fourth-time winners.

2012

Our Walker Filtration PTY site in Australia relocates to a new 11,000 sq ft (1000 m2) premises in Tullamarine, Victoria.

2013

Walker Filtration celebrates 30 years of success.

2014

New Walker Filtration premises opens in Yokohama, Japan.

2016

Walker Filtrations receives Queens Award for Innovation, our fifth Queen’s Award to date.

2018

Walker Filtration is acquired by the Atlas Copco Family and continues to operate under the Walker Filtration name and brand.

2019

Walker Filtration celebrates 35 years of growth.

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