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Rob Hope joins NGK sales team

Ignition and sensor specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd has appointed Rob Hope as a new Sales Representative.

The 46-year-old will cover a sales area that includes parts of Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

Rob has held a variety of senior roles over a 27-year career in the automotive industry with his last role being aftersales manager for a Ford dealer.

Prior to that he had spells working for a Nissan main dealer, as a vehicle manufacturer parts manager and area trade parts manager, and for motor factors including Andrew Page.

He said: “I have obviously known of NGK for a very long time. The opportunity to join a company such as this does not come up very often, so I grabbed it with both hands.

“Everyone has made me incredibly welcome; both the sales team and also everyone at head office have been phenomenal. My area is varied and includes four-wheel, two-wheel, all terrain and horticultural customers which is great. I am really looking forward to establishing myself with the company.”

Outside of work Rob, who lives with his partner Sue in Suffolk, enjoys football – he supports Manchester United – and motor racing.

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is an original equipment (OE) supplier of spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and associated engine management sensors to many of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers (VMs), with the same components being supplied to the UK and Ireland automotive aftermarket.

Stuart Bayne, National Field Sales Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “I am delighted to welcome Rob to NGK. He has a wealth of experience in the automotive industry and I’m sure he will prove to be a great asset to the company.”


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Rob Hope: joined NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd as a Sales Representative


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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