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AASA webinar offers facts, advice… and reassurance
March 20, 2020 by Allan Janssen

A detailed analysis of the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) this week started with words of encouragement. AASA president Paul McCarthy adopted soothing tones to reassure those who logged on to the association’s

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Auto parts and vehicle repairs more essential than ever, AIA says
March 19, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Auto parts and vehicle repairs are essential services, especially in a pandemic. That’s the message the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) is sending to legislators across the country, in an effort to ensure aftermarket businesses stay open even if

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Bestbuy cancels AGM and related events
March 18, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Bestbuy Distributors has cancelled its upcoming annual general meeting and all associated events. The event was to have been held next month. Bestbuy president Bill Hay says there are no alternative dates currently planned for the company’s spring meetings.

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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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Walter Technologies acquires ArcOne
March 18, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Walter Surface Technologies, the Montreal-based manufacturer of industrial equipment and parts washers, has acquired ArcOne, a provider of industrial safety products based in Taunton, Mass. Through this acquisition, Walter adds a unique personal protective equipment product line to its offering.

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Category Focus: Tools
March 18, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Non-Marring guard Apex u-Guard non-marring, free-spinning tools are said to bring proven performance to a variety of applications, offering protection and control. These patented tools allow the user to grab directly onto the drive tool while it spins freely inside the

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U.S. vehicles setting new records for fuel efficiency: EPA
March 17, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The U.S. vehicle fleet hit a record for fuel efficiency in 2018 averaging 25.1 miles mpg in real-world driving as it rose 0.2 mpg, according to that company’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The fleet is also preliminarily anticipated to jump

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Schrader launches new TPMS training course with giveaway
March 17, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Schrader TPMS Solutions has launched a free TPMS e-Training course on its Schrader Academy platform, along with a chance to win a Schrader Anniversary shop stool. The company, an aftermarket brand of Sensata Technologies, opened the Schrader Academy in November

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Winnipeg tech named Auto Value’s Canadian tech of the year
March 17, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  Jason Meilleur of River Park Automotive in Winnipeg has been named the 2020 Canadian Technician of the Year. Meilleur was selected from five Canadian finalists, scoring highly for his training efforts and automotive excellence. His achievements – along with

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Susan Hitchon joins AAEC as Ontario licensee
March 16, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Susan Hitchon has joined the Automotive Aftermarket E-Learning Centre (AAEC) as the Ontario licensee of AAEC’s library of management resources. The incoming chairman of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) and a former executive with Sensata Technologies, will provide

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Congress of Automotive Repair & Service postponed
March 16, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Service Association’s Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS) has been postponed until late August or early September. The event, co-located with the Technology & Telematics Forum as well as the association’s annual business meeting, was to have been

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AIA Canada cancels national conference
March 16, 2020 by Allan Janssen

In response to the growing concerns over the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada has cancelled its national conference. Originally to be held April 28-29, at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport, the event was also to