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NAPA Expo to be postponed
March 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  NAPA’s giant expo, years in the planning, has been derailed by the corona virus, and the threat of the spread of COVID-19. The event, which was to have taken place in early April, was expected to draw some 20,000

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Alain Côté show cancelled midway through
March 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

NAPA’s Alain Côté XPO Quebec trade show must have been among the first events to be impacted by the province’s ban of gatherings larger than 250 people. The annual trade show was already underway at the Complexe Capitale Hélicoptère event

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CAF partners to promote trades to women
March 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) has partnered with Build A Dream, an initiative to attract, encourage, and empower female students tp pursue careers in skilled trades, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), emergency response, and entrepreneurship. Build A Dream will be

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Henry Hildebrandt named Fountain Tire MVP
March 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The owner of the Virden, Man., Fountain Tire shop was awarded the company’s highest honour: Most Valuable Player.

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The agricultural side of ‘Right to Repair’
March 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Bloomberg Business Week has taken a look at the right-to-repair movement in the heartland of America, where farmers are demanding access to the software that runs their equipment. The issue, which has been a hot topic in the automotive aftermarket

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MACS introduces new officers
March 11, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  The board of directors of the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide has elected a new slate of officers. Andy Fiffick of Rad Air Complete Car Care, Cleveland, OH will serve as MACS chairman and CEO.  Steve Sunday of

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Category Focus: Steering
March 11, 2020 by Allan Janssen

AAE gearbox CRP Automotive has released a new line of AAE Steering Gear Boxes for popular Ford truck applications to help against premature failure. The gearboxes feature a larger, case-hardened shafts and oversized bearings for superior performance and durability. The

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Spectra Premium begins financial restructuring
March 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Spectra Premium Industries Inc. has sought protection to restructure its operations and its debt, while continuing normal operations. The Boucherville, Que.-based manufacturer of cooling systems, fuel delivery, ignition and engine management, climate control, and undercar components, has made application under

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Industry veteran Cy Russell passes away at 91
March 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

    Cyril J. Russell – known as Cy to many in the Canadian automotive aftermarket – has passed away at 91 years of age. A recipient of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada’s Distinguished Service Award, his long career

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February car sales follows January’s positive trend
March 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants estimates that February car sales in Canada increased, continuing the positive showing seen in January. Total February 2020 sales settled at an estimated 123,375 units, a 2.1% increase from February 2019 when 120,891 total units were sold.

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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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TIA hires communications and membership coordinator
March 9, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Emily Markulis has joined the Tire Association Industry (TIA) in the new role of communications and membership coordinator. In this position, Markulis will help coordinate the association’s communications and marketing activities, including promoting TIA’s many programs centering around tire safety