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On The Spot: ETI savours the sound of success
July 2, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Cruz Pedregon’s nitro-fueled Funny Car was a hit at the recent Tool Tech conference, hosted in Charlotte, N.C. by the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI). Pedregon fired up his Funny Car — the only fully-functioning display car of its kind

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ALI weighs in on hoist accident that injured two Ontario techs
July 1, 2019 by Allan Janssen

In light of a recent court ruling against an Ontario dealership whose workers were injured under a faulty hoist, the Automotive Lift Institute is reminding shops to take safety seriously. ALI president Bob O’Gorman said, lifts should be fully inspected

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B.C. shop commended in ASA’s “Best Waiting Area” contest
July 1, 2019 by Renee Montague

A Langley B.C. shop is on the honourable mention list in the Automotive Service Association’s “Best Waiting Area” contest. Foreman’s Integra Tire and Auto was commended for demonstrating how even a very limited amount of space can be both inviting and

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Automakers concerned about Canadian support for CaIifornia emissions policy
June 28, 2019 by Renee Montague

The Global Automakers of Canada (GAC) say siding with California’s vehicle emissions plan could be putting the cart before the horse. The GAC expressed their concern over the recent announcement that Canada has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with California

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ACC gets new leadership and board members
June 24, 2019 by Renee Montague

Georgianne Dickey is the new president of the Automotive Communication Council (ACC), replacing Jacki Lutz, who will remain on the executive committee as immediate past president. Dickey, the senior manager of product and marketing communications with NTN bearings, has been

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Aftermarket professionals get tech primer, career advice
June 24, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Well-known technology commentator Michael Hainsworth offered his taken on the advent of 5G networks in North America. Speaking at a Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) event at the Royal Woodbine Golf Club last week, Hainsworth offered a primer on

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ASA to award Top-10 member websites
June 11, 2019 by Renee Montague

What is the first impression your customers get when they walk through your ‘digital door’? The Automotive Service Association is inviting member shops to show off their online facilities in its annual Top-10 Website Awards. The association, through its official publication,

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MEMA applauds suspension of threatened Mexico tariffs
June 10, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association has heralded U.S President Donald Trump’s decision not to impose tariffs on all goods coming from Mexico into the United States. “We are pleased that he heard the motor vehicle parts supplier industry, which

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API releases identifying symbols for new motor oil standards
June 10, 2019 by Renee Montague

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has announced the approval of improved performance standards for engine oils intended to provide greater protection and fuel efficiency for today’s gasoline-engine-powered cars and trucks. Two of the new standards, ILSAC GF-6A and GF-6B, are

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Trade uncertainty is hurting business: MEMA VP
June 7, 2019 by Renee Montague

U.S. president Donald Trump’s repeated threats of new and increasing tariffs are hurting industry, a leading aftermarket executive says. Ann Wilson, senior vice president of government affairs for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturing Association (MEMA) told attendees at a Council

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SEMA announces board election results
June 5, 2019 by Renee Montague

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) members voted James Lawrence, Melanie White, Kathryn Reinhardt, Chris Douglas and Les Rudd to serve on board of directors. James Lawrence of Power Automedia will fill the position of chairman-elect previously held by Tim Martin

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ETI draws record crowd to discuss the complexities of modern mobility
June 4, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The increasing complexity of advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and the importance of following proper calibration processes in the service bay took center stage at the Equipment and Tool Institute’s annual Tool Tech conference. Held in Charlotte, N.C., at the