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NGK announces Solid Oxide Fuel Cells initiative

NGK Spark Plugs has committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

One exciting example of this commitment is the development of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) which are already installed at the company’s Komaki plant in Japan.

Right now this means the plant’s CO2 footprint is reduced by around 240 tonnes annually – with even better results to come when carbon-free hydrogen can be used as fuel.

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Managing Director Marko Wowczyna said: “As a company, NGK is committed to helping protect the environment and the development of new fuel sources.

“The announcement that as a company we have committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and also the development of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells is further evidence of our resolve in helping achieve these goals which will be further enhanced when carbon-free hydrogen can be used as fuel.”

NGK recently announced it has established a corporate venture capital fund to invest in venture companies around the world.

The company has set forth its vision for 2030 in the ‘2030 Long-Term Management Plan NITTOKU BX’, which began in April 2020. This seeks a business portfolio transformation by increasing the ratio of the non-internal combustion engine business compared to now.

NGK is advancing the creation of new businesses focusing on ‘Smart Health,’ ‘Decentralised Utility’ and ‘Smart Mobility’ as one of the measures to realise this vision.

In order to accelerate the creation of new businesses in these areas, the group has established a fund in Silicon Valley, USA to collaborate with venture companies with cutting-edge technologies, business models, and ideas.

NGK is an original equipment (OE) supplier to most of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers (VMs) with whom it works hand-in-hand to produce parts that are manufactured to meet their specific requirements with the same components being supplied to the UK independent automotive aftermarket.


Notes to Editors


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 16,000 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.5 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales (including its EU, UK, France and Eurasia subsidiaries) represent 26.1% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and four Technical Centres.


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 ten group 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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