The new ‘N-FOREST’ building symbolises the transformation which the company is currently undergoing. It serves as a focal point for promoting NGK SPARK PLUG’s change, digital transformation, new work styles and innovation. It is equipped with a variety of different facilities and systems which are required for the blossoming of such an environment.
With the company goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, the ‘N-FOREST’ building is making an impressive contribution towards this target. It features a solar power generation system as well as a power generation system built by Hitachi Zosen Corporation. The latter uses solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), which are supplied by Morimura SOFC Technology Co., Ltd. SOFC is an electrochemical conversion technology that produces electricity directly from oxidising a fuel. Indeed, this technology will provide even further benefits in the future when carbon-free hydrogen can be used as fuel.
N-FOREST is a five-storey structure, with a building area of approximately 3,070m2, which possesses a showroom that introduces the company’s past and future. Based on the concept of ‘Forest of Possibilities’, the showroom elucidates the current transformation process, which will utilise the experience and expertise gained over 80 years of success and channel it in a variety of new directions that will contribute to a sustainable society.
“Our new N-FOREST office building perfectly sums up the exciting direction which our company is going in,” says Damien Germès, President & CEO of NGK SPARK PLUG EUROPE GmbH, Regional President EMEA and Corporate Officer of the Global Headquarters in Japan. “The building offers a snapshot of our transformation where our stakeholders will be able to interact so that we can lead the way towards the achievement of a sustainable society.”
The new office building aims to function as a community space for local people and includes a cafe as well as a variety of conference rooms. On top of enabling the company’s stakeholders to connect, these rooms will also be used as a facility to contribute to the local community in order to accelerate the attainment of a sustainable society. They contain hot desking working stations that are installed with a range of different seats that satisfy a variety of preferences, along with standard desks and chairs. Their design has been based on feedback from employees, with the goal of creating an environment that is conducive to the conceiving of innovative ideas.