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Obituary: Past NTN Canada President, Mr. Wataru Takiguchi, has passed away


5 November 2020 - Toronto - Corporate - News

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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share that NTN Canada’s Past-President, Mr. Wataru Takiguchi, (affectionately known as Mr. T) passed away on September 30th. He succumbed to liver cancer at the age of 84.

Throughout his 42 years at NTN, Mr. Takiguchi shared his insight and wisdom with those of us who had the privilege to work with him. He was an incredible mentor, friend, and positive influence, and was devoted to the NTN corporate community through his work at both the Canadian subsidiary and throughout the NTN Americas Region.

From 1984-1989, Mr. Takiguchi established an extraordinary record of service to our Canadian NTN operations, serving as President of NTN Bearing Corporation of Canada. In 1990, he was appointed Chairman and General Manager of NTN Americas, and in 1994 became General Manager of NTN Corporation's Global Sales Headquarters.

As a liberal arts graduate, Mr. Takiguchi had been recognized for his skills in strategic planning and thoroughly enjoyed his interactions with industry partners and customers. Most of all he loved his employees. He kept an open-door policy and any time, any day, employees had full access to his attention and wisdom. To put it simply, Mr. Takiguchi's philosophy was "believe in your staff, listen to the voice of the customer, and make customer service your priority."



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Founded in 1918, NTN is one of the world's largest producers of premium quality ball and roller bearings, long recognized for the most stringent quality standards in the industry. With plants around the globe and a strong domestic manufacturing network, over 80% of the products sold by NTN in North America are made by one of the ten plants the company operates in Canada and the USA. NTN is also a leading provider of bearing services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. NTN's company vision is "to transform into Canada’s leader of the Ultimate Bearing Experience."

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