Tiger Filtration moves to bigger premises on back of export success

A filtration firm has moved into bigger premises on the back of new contract wins and export success

Bob Thompson, Coun Harry Trueman, Gary Ashton and Matthew Rowe
Bob Thompson, Coun Harry Trueman, Gary Ashton and Matthew Rowe

A filtration firm has moved into bigger premises on the back of new contract wins and export success.

Founded 10 years ago by managing director Bob Thompson, who launched the business after taking early retirement, Tiger Filtration has grown to a £1.8m turnover business, exporting its alternative filter elements for in-line filtration, vacuum pumps and compressors to the US, Far East, South America, Middle East and across Europe.

The Sunderland-based company, awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2011, has now moved to a new 10,000 sq ft unit at Rivergreen Industry Centre, Pallion, because of its continuing export prowess and growth.

The company, which has built a worldwide distributor network selling over 60% of its products, has recently secured a new contract worth around £250,000 per annum with a major new customer which will lead to two more jobs at Sunderland, where sales rose by £300,000 from £1.5m last year.

Tiger Filtration moved into Rivergreen Industry Centre five years ago and took over a second unit in 2011 as the company continued to expand, doubling its floor space to over 7,000sq ft. It has now transferred into one bigger unit to bring together its operations under one roof and allow for further expansion.

Sunderland City Council has Tiger Filtration from the outset, providing financial and practical assistance with start-up and marketing support, and continued to advise the company as it grew.

Managing director Bob Thompson said: “We’ve stayed at Sunderland despite overtures from other councils because of the fantastic care we get from the city council. The continuing support from the council’s business investment team translates into real added value for our business.”

The deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, Coun Harry Trueman, said: “Tiger has a winning combination of skilled staff and superb products that makes it attractive to customers worldwide. It’s great news that the company continues to grow, and that it is moving into larger premises in Sunderland.”

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