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Company announces official name-change

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd has announced that it has officially changed the name of its UK operations to Niterra UK Ltd.

The company revealed in January this year that it was to change its name to Niterra, which is a coined word which combines the Latin words ‘niteo’ meaning ‘shine’ and ‘terra/earth’.

While the group changed its name to Niterra from the beginning of its new fiscal year on April 1st, 2023,  there is no change to the company’s OE and aftermarket brands, NGK and NTK.

In a letter to stakeholders from UK Managing Director Marko Wowczyna and Tim Howes, Deputy General Manager – Supply Chain & Technical Services, it was stated that both brands are being retained and will continue to be used for the company’s respective ignition and vehicle electronics ranges and it will be business as usual with both brands to continue to play a vital role in the market and the ongoing success of the organisation.

All general terms and conditions of sale, ongoing contracts as well as all related rights and obligations of the company will remain unchanged in the future. Products, article numbering and production processes are unaffected by the name change. For administration purpose, the company’s registration number, VAT number, DUNS number, and UK bank account details remain unchanged.

The existing web domain name and email addresses remain unaffected until later in 2023 when further communication will be provided.

Notes to Editors

About Niterra: 

Worldwide: Niterra (formerly NGK SPARK PLUG) is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers. With its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, the company has sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and vehicle electronics technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. At the same time, the company is transforming its organisation and business portfolio in more sustainability-driven directions. Four business fields have been identified for this purpose: Mobility, Medical, Environment & Energy and Communications. With around 16,100 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.8 billion Euros worldwide. Niterra’s EMEA sales represent 27% of this global turnover.


Aftermarket EMEA: Niterra has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts and into the automotive sector in the 1970s. The company is renowned for its outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development. The product portfolio of its NGK Ignition Parts brand comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils, leads & caps. Its NTK Vehicle Electronics brand offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. From its regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany, Niterra serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region, the company has six regional companies and around 840 employees.  


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