Tiger finds a new home in Sunderland

Credit; Ian McClelland Photography.
Credit; Ian McClelland Photography.
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A SUNDERLAND firm is hoping for a jobs boost after moving into new premises.

Tiger Filtration has moved to a new 10,000 sq ft unit at Rivergreen Industry Centre, Pallion, because of the company’s continuing export success and growth.

The company has just secured a new contract worth about £250,000 per annum with a major new customer which will lead to two more jobs at Sunderland. Turnover has increased from £1.5 million last year to £1.8million this year, and with new contracts worldwide being confirmed, bosses said it continues to expand its operations.

Tiger Filtration, which was set up 10 years ago, is now exporting its products to the US, Far East, South America, Middle East and across Europe, and has built a worldwide distributor network which sells more than 60 per cent of its alternative filter elements for in-line filtration, vacuum pumps and compressors to overseas customers. It was awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2011.

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 more than 7,000sq ft. It has now transferred into one bigger unit to bring together its operations under one roof and allow for further expansion.

Sales director Gary Ashton said: “We’ve found that our supply time guarantee and high level of service have helped us seal deals worldwide, and keep our customers loyal. More than 90 per cent of our orders are supplied within two days, and one of our strengths is fulfilling one-off, bespoke requirements which bigger companies haven’t the flexibility to do.

“Our strategy is to continue entering new markets and create products which spark a strong market response. Although we are a comparatively young company, our senior team has over 70 years of experience in our sector and we are using our market knowledge to grow in the future.”

Sunderland City Council helped 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.

The council’s deputy leader, Councillor 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.”

Tiger Filtration managing director Bob Thompson said: “We can offer a compressed air solution for just about anything a client wants and so we are not restricted to “off the shelf” solutions. I believe there’s nobody to touch us in terms of technical response and product delivery times.

“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.”