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NGK appoints new Key Accounts Manager

Ignition and sensor specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd has appointed Simon Robson as Key Accounts Manager – UK & Ireland.

The 49-year-old, who joins from NSK Europe where he held the position of OEM & Aftermarket Manager for the UK & Ireland, will take responsibility for a number of NGK’s key aftermarket customer groups.

Simon has more than 25 years’ experience in the automotive industry and has developed extensive aftermarket experience across several sales and business development roles within parts, chemicals, and the tyre sectors, including at ZF Automotive UK Ltd.

Simon said: “I am delighted to join NGK which is a very strong brand in the automotive aftermarket. It is a company that is renowned for the quality of its products and its customer service.

“I have got to know some of the staff through my previous roles in the industry and I have also dealt with many of their customers who I am now looking forward to meeting up with once again over the coming weeks.”

Peter Hayden, General Manager – Sales & Marketing, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Simon to NGK. I am sure that with his extensive experience of the automotive aftermarket he will prove to be a great asset to the company.”

Simon, who is married to Nia (38), is currently residing in South Wales but the couple are planning to move soon to Nottinghamshire with their three-year-old rescue dog Layla. Outside of work, his interests include Rugby Union and mountain biking.

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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 16,400 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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For further information please contact:

Annika Lustig, Specialist PR & Communications, Aftermarket EMEA, NGK SPARK PLUG EUROPE GmbH
Harkortstr. 41, 40880 Ratingen, Germany, AG Duesseldorf HRB 43118
Tel: +49 (0)21 02 974 152     E-mail:


UK & Ireland - For further information contact:

Andy Hurst

Hurst Media Services

Tel: +44 (0)1354 657253; Mobile: 0773 694 7803




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