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NGK Spark Plugs has been recognised as a top-performing global supplier at the 21st annual Ford World Excellence Awards.

The awards honour companies that exceed expectations and achieve the highest levels of excellence in quality, cost, performance and delivery.

The ignitiion specialist was presented with a Smart Brand Pillar Award by Hau Thai-Tang, Ford Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer, and Linda Cash, Ford Vice President, Quality and New Model Programmes.

Michael Schwab, President and CEO of NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.) Inc., said: “This is quite an accomplishment, and it is an honour to be recognised by Ford for exceeding expectations for quality, cost and performance.”

Thai-Tang said: “Ford’s annual World Excellence Awards recognise our top-performing suppliers for their contributions to our success. Suppliers like NGK play an instrumental role in helping us achieve our vision of being the most trusted mobility company.”

Award recipients were recognised for achieving the highest levels of global excellence in 10 categories, including:

  • Quality, sustainability, safe and smart categories for suppliers that demonstrate leadership in Ford’s primary brand pillars
  • Aligned business framework for suppliers that most exemplify the framework’s principles, with an emphasis on quality, value and innovation
  • Special recognition for suppliers that delivered results exceeding expectations
  • Diverse supplier of the year and supplier diversity development corporation of the year to honour suppliers that excel in integrating diversity into their organisation and business process
  • Gold and silver for supplier manufacturing sites demonstrating superior quality, delivery and cost performance throughout the year.

    Notes to Editors


    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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