Glasgow-headquartered Walker Precision Engineering has won a Scottish Engineering Award.
The Award for Outstanding Achievement was presented by John Baxter, Chairman of the Advance Nuclear Research Centre at the University of Strathclyde, who was guest speaker at Scottish Engineering’s awards dinner attended by 3,600 guests.
Joint managing director Mark Walker accepted the award on behalf of the Walker group which employs around 220 people at its three sites in Glasgow, Poland and a new Basildon facility, bought last year from Leonardo.
Leonardo subsequently placed an order for critical airborne and guidance products with the newly named Walker Guidance Systems. The Essex plant also produces gyroscope, seeker and optronics components and Walker is now investing more than £5 million in its new subsidiary to support Leonardo’s requirements and the Walker group’s growth ambitions within the airborne and space market sectors.
Walker was again in the limelight when they were asked by Leonardo to speak at the Defence Suppliers Forum hosted at Leonardo’s Edinburgh site. Walker’s group operations director Jack Welsh presented a brief history of the company, what they do, their customer approvals, and how they are working with Sharing in Growth to improve productivity. The audience included Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin MP and James Montagu from the BEIS defence team.