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Mr Shinichi Odo, Representative Director, Chairman of the Board, NGK Japan, flew into Dublin from Japan during October for a reunion with two old friends and acknowledged their hard work and service for NGK for more than 30 years.
Norbert Reilly, who retired recently from his P R Reilly business in Dublin, and Stewart Neill, Area Manager (Ireland), NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, enjoyed a dinner with Mr Odo and two other senior management members of NGK, Hiroaki Uozumi, Assistant to President, NGK EMEA, and Tammy Suzuki, Managing Director, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, who joined the group for what was an enjoyable evening in south Dublin.
Until recently P R Reilly had been an Irish distributor of all NGK products for more than 35 years while Stewart Neill has completed 30 years working for the Japanese manufacturer in Ireland.
All three first met back in the early 1990s when Mr Odo was working as an NGK sales representative for NGK's German office. He along with Stewart Neill were responsible for the growth in Southern Ireland of NGK through P R Reilly before responsibility for the Southern Ireland market transferred from NGK in Germany to NGK UK in 1992 after which Stewart continued his duties in helping NGK become the number one spark plug in the world.
Commenting after the event, Norbert Reilly said: “It was a fantastic gesture for Mr Odo to take the time to come to Dublin to say thank you to myself and Stewart. We had a good night discussing the old times from many years ago, swapping many funny stories."
All three are planning to stay in touch with each other in the future.
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.
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 – which currently represents 32% of NGK´s global turnover – the company has ten group companies and more than 800 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a technical centre in Germany.
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