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NGK marks end of an era with Team P R Reilly


Ignition specialist NGK has held a special event to mark the end of a long-standing association with one of its top distributors.

Senior management of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd recently visited Dublin to mark the end of more than three decades of distribution of its products in Ireland by Team P R Reilly.

Team P R Reilly has recently been acquired by LKQ Corporation and NGK marked this “ending of an era” by holding a special event and dinner in Dublin in recognition of Norbert Reilly, who is retiring.

Speaking on behalf of NGK, Marko Wowczyna, Director – Automotive, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “NGK would like to sincerely thank Norbert Reilly and all his team at P R Reilly for their outstanding support and hard work over many years distributing NGK products in Ireland.”

Norbert Reilly (third from left) is pictured with (from left): Tammy Suzuki, Managing Director, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd; Stewart Neill, Area Manager – Ireland, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd; Marko Wowczyna, Director – Automotive, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd; Brian Childs, former Deputy Managing Director, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd; Eddie Kobayashi, former Managing Director, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd; and Tim Ward, Deputy General Manager – Sales & Business Development, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd

“Distributing NGK in Ireland for over 35 years has been a fantastic achievement which has seen NGK become a strong brand leader throughout Ireland. It should also be said that this achievement is also recognised by NGK’s directors in Japan who hold Norbert in very high esteem for the terrific job he has done for all these years. All the team at NGK wish Norbert a long, happy and healthy retirement.”

During the long and successful relationship, P R Reilly has been supported by NGK’s Area Manager for Ireland Stewart Neill who also added his thanks to Norbert and P R Reilly.

He said: “Over the years we had many interesting meetings, promotions, activities and quite a few laughs that I will look back at with a smile. Norbert was not just a customer but also a good friend. We plan to keep in touch, something that I look forward to.”

For more information on NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd and its products and services, please visit the website www.ngkntk.co.uk