Long serving NGK sales rep to retire

Published:  06 April, 2021

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Sales Representative Steve Padbury is retiring after more than thirty years with the company.

Steve –known as ‘Padders’ by colleagues and friends in the industry – will leave the company on Wednesday (8 April). The 66-year-old was due to retire in May 2020 but extended his stay to help deal with the ramifications of the Coronavirus pandemic.

He joined NGK in November 1990 from TJ Filters, a day he remembered very well as it was also his father’s birthday. However, Steve’s career with the company was nearly ended before it began as he went to the wrong hotel for his interview: “It wasn’t the best possible start. The interview was at a Moat House in Dunstable, but unbeknown to me, there were two and I went to the wrong one and had to rush to make the appointment. However, it all went well and I was offered the job at eight o’clock that evening.

“I had left school at fifteen and started an apprenticeship with a Volvo dealer. After that I had a lot of different sales and workshop jobs in the industry as I used to get bored after two or three years and looked for a change. When I joined NGK, I knew I had found family. NGK was on the ascendancy then and was at the top of the tree.”

Highlights of this career with NGK included meeting motorsport legends Murray Walker and Paddy Hopkirk, visiting the company’s Japanese headquarters, and also winning a corporate competition with the slogan: ‘Quality is where NGK/NTK begins and goes beyond; our quality knows no boundaries.’

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Marketing Manager Mark Hallam added: “The success of NGK over the years has not only been down to the quality of our products but also in no small part due to the hard work and professionalism of people like Steve. We will miss him but I’m sure he will come to see us at various industry events in the future.”

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