The awards were announced at the annual ADI Summit meeting held in Brussels in April, which was attended by 160 senior managers representing the trading group’s suppliers and partners worldwide.
At the ceremony, Damien Germès, Regional President EMEA, President & CEO NGK SPARK PLUG EUROPE and Corporate Officer of the Global Headquarters in Japan, was named Aftermarket Professional of the Year 2019. Chosen by industry peers for his achievements in the automotive Aftermarket, Damien is the 10th winner of this once-in-a-lifetime award.
Moments later NGK SPARK PLUG was also crowned Supplier of the Year 2018. This award is the result of a performance assessment by ADI partners in each country, which evaluated key distributor criteria such as product quality, range, delivery service, pricing, marketing, technical provision and sales support. The two awards add to other accolades which NGK SPARK PLUG has received from international and national trading groups in recent years.
ADI is a leading international trade group for automotive parts and equipment with 600 distributors covering 48 countries in Europe, Northern Africa and Central Asia. NGK SPARK PLUG has supplied its complete range of ignition parts and sensors to ADI partners across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) since 2003.
Accepting the awards, Damien Germès commented: “Close, effective business partnerships are essential as we rise to the challenges facing our industry, which is why NGK SPARK PLUG puts customer satisfaction at the heart of all we do. We are therefore honoured and extremely proud to have our efforts endorsed by ADI through these two, notable awards. They are the result of the efforts of all our team members, who give their very best to our customers, every single day.”
“It is the first time in ADI’s history that the same company has won both of our annual awards,” confirmed ADI President Thomas Vollmar. “We warmly congratulate Damien for his professional achievements, and NGK SPARK PLUG on its superlative service to our partners in the past year.”