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Automotive companies step up to assist health workers
March 27, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Manufacturers in the automotive industry are stepping up to assist medical workers and first responders during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Many automakers have offered to help supply the medical community with needed equipment and supplies. Ventilators and N95 masks are at

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Coronavirus update: Taking the temperature of the industry
March 18, 2020 by Allan Janssen

By Allan Janssen Auto repair shops across the country remain open, but a snap poll of jobbers across the country suggests fears of a complete shutdown are close to the surface. An already quiet March Break week has gotten uncomfortably

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Alliance welcomes first Belizean member
March 13, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance has its first shareholder owner in Belize. Westrac Ltd., originally known as Western Tractor Supply, has joined the Alliance family, as the largest auto and tractor parts supplier in Belize. A small group of investors

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MEMA letter discusses ramifications of COVID-19
March 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) says it will work hard to shape implementation of the U.S. federal government’s $8.3 billion Coronavirus Emergency Bill. In a letter addressed to members of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty

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Alliance signs Grupo Morsa as Auto Value shareholder
February 19, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Grupo Morsa, an automotive parts distributor based in Sinaloa, Mexico has joined the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance as an Auto Value shareholder. “Grupo Morsa is a fantastic fit for the Alliance,” said John R. Washbish, president and CEO of the

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AASA Global Summit explores new trade challenges
February 18, 2020 by Allan Janssen

More than 100 aftermarket professionals from around the world gathered in Coral Gables, Fla. on Feb. 7 to explore and discuss the latest shifts in the international aftermarket at the AASA Global Summit, presented by the Overseas Automotive Council (OAC).

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Changes in Latin America, China on the agenda at global summit
January 28, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers’ Association (AASA) has announced that Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas, will be a featured speaker during the 2020 AASA Global Summit, to be held Feb. 7 in Coral Gables, Fla. In

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MEMA encouraged by news of new China deal
January 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) says it is encouraged by the recent announcement that U.S. President DonaldTrump plans to sign Phase-One of a new trade deal with China next week. MEMA says it looks forward to seeing more

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China’s evolving aftermarket on the agenda at AASA Global Summit
January 3, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Robert Zhu, chairman and CEO of WONH Global Industries, the manufacturer and distributor of TrakMotive branded products, will be a featured speaker at the 2020 AASA Global Summit in Coral Gables Fla. on Feb. 7. Zhu will present a “Regional

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House passes USMCA hours after impeaching Trump
December 19, 2019 by Allan Janssen

WASHINGTON – A day after its historic impeachment votes, the Democratic-led House gave President Donald Trump an overwhelming bipartisan victory Thursday on a renegotiated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. By a 385-41 vote, the House approved a bill that

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Long process of updating NAFTA ends in signing ceremony
December 11, 2019 by Allan Janssen

By Lee Berthiaume, CP OTTAWA — Canada joined the United States and Mexico in heralding a new era of North American prosperity on Tuesday as they formally agreed to changes to the new continental free trade deal. The amended pact

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Australia to move forward with mandatory data-sharing laws
November 6, 2019 by Allan Janssen

In what is being described as a victory for independent vehicle repairers, the Australian government has announced it will push ahead with mandatory data-sharing laws. The independent aftermarket has waged a 12-year battle for the key to a bigger share