The valves are equivalent to their original equipment (OE) counterparts and phase one of the launch will occur in March 2022 with the introduction of 45 references.
The move follows a number of successful recent NTK launches in the UK, including camshaft & crankshaft sensors and Mass Air Flow (MAF) and Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensors, and further strengthens the company’s aftermarket offering which currently provides customers with a one-stop shop for all their vehicle sensor needs.
The new range will offer the same high quality that all the other NGK SPARK PLUG products are renowned for, supplying emission performance that is in accordance with ‘EC Euro’ norms. To ensure this, all references will undergo, and pass testing carried out in extreme conditions.
This includes thermal shock testing in temperatures ranging from -40°C to 150°C, tests on valve, cavity and cooling leakage, as well as electrical resistance and lifecycle. OE-style accessories such as gaskets and/or O-rings will also be included in the box. In addition, smart and well-protected packaging will allow for easy identification, stock management, inspection and scanning, as well as safety.
Peter Hayden, General Manager – Sales & Marketing, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “With the upcoming launches of our EGR valve ranges, we will yet again improve on the comprehensive coverage and convenience that we provide to our aftermarket customers.
“An EGR valve range has been a market request for many years. This demand will now be fully satisfied, enabling our loyal customers to access all their vehicle electronics portfolio needs in one convenient place.”
The principal function of the exhaust gas recirculation system (EGR) is to reduce the amount of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are produced during the combustion process. NOx is created when high combustion temperatures enable the nitrogen and oxygen present in the air-fuel mixture to combine. EGR valves come in three different types – ‘pneumatic’, ‘electric’ and ‘electric with cooler’ – and operate by taking some of the exhaust gases from the exhaust manifold and then reintroducing these gases into the intake manifold, mixing them with fresh air.
Originally developed at the beginning of the 1970s, EGR valves first started to be used in Europe in the 1990s in order to meet the ‘Euro 1’ emission standards. Today, 100 percent of diesel cars are equipped with EGR valves and 30% of petrol cars. Many new models will be even equipped with two EGR types (low pressure and high pressure), which means that the replacement part market for these types of valves is likely to grow, corresponding to the level of demand.
NGK SPARK PLUG will introduce its EGR valve range over several phases, along with a further phase which will focus on range optimisation.
NTK services for the new EGR range will be wide-ranging. These will include a local distribution presence and premium quality service. In terms of documentation, customers will be able to locate specific references on NGK SPARK PLUG’s ‘Part Finder’, ‘TecDoc’, MAM Autocat and ‘Catalogue’ (printed, PDF and excel). Customers will be able to access technical videos at www.ngkntk.com/uk – which will provide detailed insights into the workings and installation procedures of the EGR valve range.
Notes to Editors
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 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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