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New NGK building a symbol of company’s transformation

NGK has continued its environmental sustainability drive with the opening of a new office building at its Komaki Plant in Japan.

The world’s leading ignition and sensor specialist’s new ‘N-FOREST’ building marks an important step in the company’s conversion of its business portfolio towards environmentally sustainable directions, which was set out in the 2030 Long-Term Management Plan, ‘NITTOKU BX’.

The new ‘N-FOREST’ building symbolises the transformation which the company is currently undergoing and serves as a focal point for promoting its change, digital transformation, new work styles and innovation with a variety of different facilities and systems.

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.

The five-storey N-FOREST covers approximately 3070m2 and includes a showroom that focuses on the company’s past and future. Based on the concept of ‘Forest of Possibilities’, it will utilise the experience and expertise gained over NGK’s 80 years of success and channel it in a variety of new directions that will contribute to a sustainable society.

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Managing Director Marko Wowczyna said: “Our new N-FOREST office building perfectly sums up the exciting direction which our company is going in.

 “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 act as a community space for local people and includes a cafe as well as a variety of conference rooms which will also be used by the local community.

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 helps the conceiving of innovative ideas.

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Worldwide: NGK SPARK PLUG is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. For the Aftermarket, its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand. Under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics the company offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. With around 16,400 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.7 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales represent 32% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 60 group companies, 35 production plants, five Technical Centres and three Venture Labs.


Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK SPARK PLUG’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region the company has six regional companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.


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