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From establishment to 1960s

1936

NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. was established with a capital of 1,000,000 yen.

1937

Started the manufacture of NGK spark plugs.

1949

Started the manufacture of NTK techinical ceramics.
Listed on both Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges.

1958

Started the manufacture of ceramic cutting tools and inserts.
Started the manufacture of copper-cored wide range spark plugs. Became a pioneer product in the automobile industry.

1959

Established CERAMICA E VELAS DE IGNICAO NGK DO BRASIL S.A. (the present CERAMICA E VELAS DE IGNICAO NGK DO BRASIL)

1961

Established NITTOKU SEISAKUSHO CO., LTD.

1962

Started the operation of Komaki Factory. (Aichi prefecture)

1966

Established NGK SPARK PLUGS (U.S.A.), INC. (Sales company)

1967

Started the manufacture of ceramic IC packages.

1970s to 1990s

1973

Established NGK SPARK PLUGS MALAYSIA BHD.
Started the manufacture of temperature sensors for automobile.

1974

Established NICHIWA KIKI CO., LTD.
Started the operation of Kagoshima-Miyanojo Factory. (Kagoshima prefecture)
Established SIAM NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
Established NITTOKU UNYU CO., LTD.

1975

Established NGK SPARK PLUG (U.K.) LTD.

1976

Established NGK SPARK PLUG MFG. (U.S.A.), INC. (Manufacturing company)

1977

Established PT NGK BUSI INDONESIA.

1978

Established NTK CERAMICS (U.S.A.), INC. (Ceramic manufacturing company)

1979

Established BUJIAS NGK DEL ECUADOR CIA LTDA.
Established NGK SPARK PLUGS (DEUTSCHLAND)., GmbH (the present NGK SPARK PLUG EUROPE GmbH)

1980

Established NGK SPARK PLUG (AUSTRALIA) PTY. LTD.
Started the manufacture of quick glow system(QGS).

1982

Established NGK SPARK PLUGS CANADA LIMITED.
EstabIished KAMIOKA CERAMIC CO., LTD.
Established TONO CERAMIC CO., LTD.
Started the manufacture of oxygen sensors for automobile.

1984

NGK SPARK PLUG MFG. (U.S.A.), INC. changed its corporate name to NGK SPARK PLUGS (U.S.A.), INC., by merging with NGK SPARK PLUGS (U.S.A.), INC. and NTK CERAMICS (U.S.A.), INC.
Established TAIWAN NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
Established IIJIMA CERAMIC CO., LTD.

1985

Started the manufacture of glow plugs(ceramic type).

1989

lnvested in WOOJIN INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (Korea)
Established CERAMIC SENSOR CO., LTD.

1990

Established NGK SPARK PLUG INDUSTRIES EUROPE S.A.S. (FRANCE)
Started the operation of Europe Technical Center.
Started the manufacture of bio ceramics.

1991

Total number of production of NGK spark plugs exceeded 5 billion units.

1992

Established BUJIAS NGK DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V.

1993

Started the operation of Brasil Technical Center.
Established NGK SPARK PLUGS (FRANCE) S.A.S.
Established Nakatsugawa Ceramic Co., Ltd.
Established NTK CUTTING TOOLS KOREA CO., LTD. (the present NTK TECHNICAL CERAMICS KOREA CO., LTD.)

1994

Started the operation of Ise Factory. (Mie prefecture)
Established NGK SPARK PLUG MFG. (U.S.A.), INC.
Established NTK TECHNICAL CERAMICS (TAIWAN) LTD.

1995

Established NGK SPARK PLUGS (U.S.A.) HOLDING, INC.

1996

Started the operation of U.S.A. Technical Center.

1997

Started the manufacture of NGK "Iridium" plugs.
Started the operation of Komaki Technical Center.
Started the manufacture of organic IC packages.

2000s

2000

Started the manufacture of NGK "Iridium IX" plugs.

2001

Established NGK SPARK PLUGS SINGAPORE PTE LTD.
Started the manufacture of oxygen concentrator for home oxygen therapy.
Started the operation of Komaki R&D Center.
Established NANSEI CERAMIC CO., LTD.

2002

Restructured former NGK SPARK PLUGS (U.S.A.), INC. and NGK SPARK PLUG MFG. (U.S.A.), INC. Established newly NGK SPARK PLUGS (U.S.A.), INC. and NTK TECHNOLOGIES,INC. according to the product market.
Established NGK SPARK PLUG MIDDLE EAST FZE.

2003

Established NGK SPARK PLUG (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
Established NTK TECHNICAL CERAMICS POLSKA SP.Z O.O.

2004

Started the manufacture of new high temperature ceramic glow plugs.

2005

Established NGK SPARK PLUGS (THAILAND) CO., LTD.
Started the manufacture of hydroxyapatite cement.

2006

Established NGK SPARK PLUGS (INDIA) PVT. LTD.
Total number of domestic production of NGK plugs reached 10 billion units.

2007

Established NGK SPARK PLUGS SA (PTY) LTD.

2008

Established NGK SPARK PLUG (PHILIPPINES), INC.

2009

NAKATSUGAWA CERAMIC CO., LTD. changed its corporate name to NTK CERAMIC CO., LTD. by merging with KANI CERAMIC CO., LTD. and IIJIMA CERAMIC CO., LTD.

2011

Established CHANGSHU NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.

2012

Established NGK SPARK PLUGS (VIETNAM) CO., LTD.

2013

Capital and Business Alliance with EASTERN CO., LTD.
Tono Ceramic Co., Ltd. changed its corporate name to SparkTec TONO CO., LTD.
Established LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NGK SPARK PLUG (EURASIA)
Established NITTOKU DENSHI CO., LTD.

2014

Started the operation of SparkTec TONO CO., LTD.
Nino Headquaters Plant.

2015

Acquired 100% ownership of NIHON CERATEC CO., LTD.
Acquisition of all the share relating to WELLS vehicle electronics business.

2016

NITTOKU SEISAKUSHO CO., LTD. changed its corporate name to SparkTec WKS CO., LTD.
Nihon Ceratec Co., Ltd. changed its corporate name to NTK CERATEC CO., LTD.