A successful year for Walker Filtration

Walker Filtration, a Washington-based business started in 1983 by a team of two, is ending the year on a high after receiving a royal award and further strengthening its export strategy.

The firm, which produces air filtration and drying equipment, was recognised for its work in the industry when they when they welcomed a representative of Her Majesty The Queen, who presented the company with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, reflective of the global approach the business takes in the export of its products.

While this was their first win in the innovation category, Walker Filtration has now been awarded the Queen’s Award five times in their 30 year history – a staggering achievement.

Walker Filtration currently exports 88% of its products to over 65 countries, and has recently strengthened its export strategy to increase sales of compressed air filtration products by 19%.

It has also grown turnover by more than £800,000 per year since 2013, with a growth of almost £1m between 2014 and 2015.

Walker Filtration has also helped local children in 2016, working alongside the Engineering Development Trust to liaise with Newcastle Royal Grammar School to get students on an Engineering in Education Scheme (EES.)

This project was a six-month ‘hands-on’ work experience period to encourage future engineers.

On the presentation of the award, Mrs. Susan Windfield, OBE, gave the engineering business praise for sticking to its origins but achieving worldwide success. She said: “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.”