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2004 GAAS Scholarship Deadline Extended to April 15
March 19, 2004 by Auto Service World

The deadline to apply for Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) scholarships awarded to students planning an aftermarket career has been extended to Thursday, April 15, 2004.Applications for the GAAS scholarships are available in both paper and electronic versions from the

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Ford, Licensses Agree on Reproduction Parts Trademarks
March 19, 2004 by Auto Service World

Acccording to SEMA (Specialty Equpment Market Association) an agreement has been reached concerning licensing arrangements for use of Ford trademarks on licensed reproduction products. The agreement is the result of lengthy discussions between Ford Motor Company and members of the

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First Hybrid Trucks Hit Marketplace in Canada
March 18, 2004 by Auto Service World

General Motors of Canada announced today that the first hybrid trucks in the industry have been sold to customers across the country.Michael Grimaldi, President of General Motors of Canada said, “The introduction of the industry’s first hybrid trucks is the

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BASF Announces Refinish Training Schedule
March 18, 2004 by Auto Service World

BASF’s Automotive Refinish business has issued its North American training schedule for the second quarter of 2004. Courses will be conducted at nine training facilities in the United States and Canada (with French-language courses in the Montreal facility). The courses

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Continental Expands Tire Production in Low Cost Countries for NAFTA Market
March 18, 2004 by Auto Service World

Hannover, Germany-based Continental AG is building a new tire plant in Brazil while planning to expand its production basis in Malaysia together with its joint venture partner Sime Darby. “With this forward-looking decision, we are continuing to broaden our activities

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Cooper to Launch Avon Tire Brand in Canada and U.S.
March 17, 2004 by Auto Service World

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company today announced plans to launch Avon Tyres USA, a new collection of performance passenger, light truck, sport truck and motorsport tires.Completely new to the U.S. and Canadian markets, the Avon Tyres USA line is the

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Reuben Fenwick, Founder of Leading Canadian Remanufacturer, Passes Away at 79
March 17, 2004 by Auto Service World

Reuben Fenwick, founder and retired president of Fenwick Automotive Products, passed away Wednesday morning. He celebrated his 79th birthday this past Monday. Fenwick, who founded the remanufacturing organization in 1949 as a two-man clutch shop in downtown Toronto, was instrumental

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SmarTire Signs Distribution Agreement with Lexani Wheel Corp.
March 16, 2004 by Auto Service World

Richmond, B.C.-based SmarTire Systems Inc. has announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Lexani Wheel Corp, a premier manufacturer of luxury alloy wheels based in California. Lexani will bundle SmarTire’s tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) with its innovative

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China Only Now Enacting Vehicle Recall Legislation
March 16, 2004 by Auto Service World

China, as if to highlight how far behind the rest of the world it is in terms of consumer protection and quality control, is only now poised to enact rules to enable car owners to have flaws fixed.Public pressure had

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Suppliers Collaborate on Spray Guns
March 16, 2004 by Auto Service World

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and Graco Industrial/Automotive Equipment Division have formed an alliance to offer a new line of paint spray guns to the automotive aftermarket. 3M and Graco developed the line as a complement to 3M’s Paint Preparation System.

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Toyota Announces Personal Care Robot Project
March 15, 2004 by Auto Service World

Tokyo-based Toyota Motor Corporation has announced an overview of the project to develop partner robots designed to function as personal assistants for humans.Toyota notes a large potemtoial market in Japan where dwindling birth rates and a rapidly aging population are

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Auto Parts Executive Appointed to Banking Position
March 15, 2004 by Auto Service World

Jean Douville, chairman of UAP Inc., will be taking over as chairman of National Bank of Canada in a non-executive role.He is replacing Andre Berard, who is stepping down as chairman after a 46-year career with the country’s sixth-largest bank.The