Ignition specialist NGK has played host to a special reunion of people who helped establish the market-leading brand in Ireland.
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.”
Image: Hiroaki Uozumi, Assistant to President, NGK EMEA, Tammy Suzuki, Managing Director, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, Stewart Neill, Area Manager (Ireland), NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, Shinichi Odo, Representative Director, Chairman of the Board, NGK Japan, and Norbert Reilly, former owner of P R Reilly in Dublin