This Surrey firm was founded in 1882 by Scottish engineer James Walker, selling oils and engineering accessories. Today the group is led by chairman and chief executive Peter Needham, 60, and provides sealing services for the oil, gas, power and marine sectors. It also installs noise and vibration-reduction systems and flooring for the rail and mass transit industry. Last year the business expanded its manufacturing operations in Thailand to complement more than 50 existing sites across the UK, Asia, Australia and South Africa.
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