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Tim Ward completes USA cycle marathon

Former NGK senior manager Tim Ward has completed an epic 500-mile bike ride in the USA to raise money for Rugby League Cares.

Former NGK senior manager Tim Ward has completed an epic 500-mile bike ride in the USA to raise money for Rugby League Cares.

Tim, who retired as Deputy General Manager – Key Accounts for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd in April this year after 21 years’ service with the ignition and sensor specialist, took part in the UK Red Empire State 500, a ride from Niagara Falls to Central Park, New York.

The 60-year-old was invited to participate in the event having taken part in previous cycle rides to raise money for Rugby League Cares. All riders were required to pay a participation fee to help cover some of the costs of their flights and accommodation and had to commit to reaching a minimum fundraising target.

He said: “The ride is completed; total miles were 555 with 12,170 feet of climbing. I’m really satisfied how my body dealt with it; the whole experience was magnificent.”

He added that highlights included watching the New York Yankees baseball team in action against the Chicago Cubs at the Yankee Stadium.



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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