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NGK receives new industry environmental award

Ignition and sensor specialist NGK has been presented with a prestigious new industry accolade.

The company received the inaugural Environmental Award at leading UK magazine CAT’s 2022 Awards, sponsored by Parts Plus, which was held at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

Magazine Editor Greg Whitaker said: "We looked at companies in our sector and how they were transitioning to renewable energy and making environmental concerns a core part of their business.

"One project that particularly stood out for me was the N-Forest NGK building in Japan. The building uses all sustainable materials and is powered both by solar cells and by oxide fuel cells. It also encourages new work styles and has a raft of other ‘green’ features.

"Although this building is in Japan, and the firm’s building in Hemel Hempstead has a way to go to match it, we noted that the company has a plan to transition away from carbon, which will mean upgrading buildings and working practices everywhere. For that reason, the panel thought NGK deserved the CAT Awards' Environmental Award.”

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Managing Director Marko Wowczyna said: “We are honoured to be the first recipient of this prestigious CAT award which is testament to NGK’s worldwide drive to transform into an environmentally sustainable company fit for the future.”

The new ‘N-FOREST’ building at its Komaki Plant in Japan 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.

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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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Annika Lustig, Specialist PR & Communications, Aftermarket EMEA, NGK SPARK PLUG EUROPE GmbH
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