Ignition specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd has made a special presentation to a man who has helped sell hundreds of thousands of the company’s market-leading spark plugs.
Brian Childs, the former Deputy Managing Director – Aftermarket, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, paid tribute to Tony Harte who has retired after spending 40 years working for Aiken Autospares of Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
Tony started off his career in the office for the first two years of his career with Aiken Autospares before deciding to go on the road as a Sales Representative for the company.
After the presentation at NGK’s recent Northern Ireland golf day at Dunmurry Golf Club, Stewart Neill, Area Manager – Ireland, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, recalled the times in his early days with the company joining Tony for workouts as NGK built its strong presence in the Northern Ireland market.
He said: “We did many calls together over the years and saw all corners of County Fermanagh selling hundreds and thousands of NGK spark plugs in the county.”
Brian Childs told customers at the golf day of the great friendship that developed between him and Tony over the many years he spent visiting Northern Ireland.
He said: “Tony was a true friend and I can safely say a real gentleman and I wish him a long, healthy and happy retirement.”
Tony, who is one of only a few people to have attended almost all NGK’s 27 Northern Ireland golf days, now looks forward to spending his free time playing golf, watching his grandchildren grow up and enjoying trips around Ireland.
About NGK SPARK PLUG: 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 and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five technical centres. NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is a leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors, plus ignition coils, to the independent UK automotive aftermarket.
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