Last updated: April 09, 2015


NGK’s reputation for technical excellence is driven by its commitment to R&D. You can gain an insight in our special video filmed at the Technical Centre in Ratingen Germany. Covering around 2,200 m² the centre was constructed in 1990 with an initial investment of around 10 million Euro and underwent a very cost-intensive expansion after the turn of the millennium. It is one of NGK’s four technical centres outside of Japan, is amongst one of Europe’s most modern testing facilities and is a key factor in our success in the original equipment market.

Three engine test stands and two rolling test stands are available for the widest range of test cycles and simulations. There is also a wind machine and a cold chamber, which can generate temperatures between -30 and +50 ° Celsius. The hardest Siberian winter, as well as mountain ascents at high speed with head or tailwind can be simulated.

In addition, the technical centre has the newest systems for exhaust gas testing and equipment for testing lambda sensors. The centre operates virtually 24/7, 365 days a years. That’s the level of commitment that NGK makes to developing its products.