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COMMENTARY: Seeking Silver Linings
June 16, 2020 by Allan Janssen

We’ve seen how the coronavirus can divide us… can it also unite us?

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Business optimism growing in specialty equipment market
June 16, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Business confidence among manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of automotive accessories is climbing, according to a recent survey conducted by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA). The poll found that more than 30% of those surveyed said they are now operating

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ASW Conversations: Mark Lemay on training in the age of Covid
June 15, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Auto Service World · 013 Mark Lemay on training in the age of Covid   Mark Lemay is the owner of Auto Aide, a training operation based in Barrie, Ont. In March, when society shut down out in defence against

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Obituaries: A sad time for the aftermarket
June 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Friends and family members of Chic Fox, Phil Friedlander Jr., and Jack Pohanka are mourning the loss of these industry titans. E.K. “Chic” Fox Long-time leader of the Automotive Lift Institute, Chic Fox, died at his home in Indiatlantic, Fla., on

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Total U.S. aftermarket forecast to decline 8.8%
June 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Total U.S. automotive aftermarket sales are forecast to decrease 8.8 percent in 2020 as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and related factors, according to the “2020 Joint Channel Forecast Model” produced jointly by the Automotive Aftermarket

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Q1 retail sales figures tell the story of Covid-19
June 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Retail sales at automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores fell 4.2% in the first quarter of 2020, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. The 10.4% drop in business in March was mitigated by positive sales numbers in January and February. Overall,

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ASA survey finds optimism in mechanical sector, less so in collision
June 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

About 70% of mechanical shops surveyed by the Automotive Service Association (ASA) in May believe business will improve over the next 60 days. Less than 10% believe it will continue to slow down. That’s in stark contrast to the collision

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COMMENTARY: Ageism is getting old
June 11, 2020 by Zara Wishloff

Making generalizations based on age isn’t fair and doesn’t make good business sense.

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Dana offers online calculators for techs
June 11, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Dana Incorporated now features a variety of time-saving online calculators on its DanaAftermarket.com e-commerce platform to help service professionals determine important values promptly and precisely. Visitors to DanaAftermarket.com will find the following calculators that will help them make critical calculations

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Ontario offers tool support for apprentices
June 11, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The government of Ontario has announced new support for apprentices. The Ontario Tools Grant will provide apprentices with grants to assist in the purchase of tools, protective equipment and clothing. There is $2.5 million available for the grant program for

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Kathryn Jones appointed chair of YPA committee
June 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

DRiV district sales manager Kathryn Jones has been appointed the new chairperson of AIA Canada’s Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) committee. As a fourth-generation Canadian aftermarket professional, Kathryn’s passion for the industry started as she walked the aisles of

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NRS brake technology now being used in timber construction industry
June 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The attachment technology that is at the heart of NRS galvanized brake pads has now been applied to the timber construction industry. NRS parent company Nucap Industries Inc. has signed a commercial agreement with Rotho Blaas SRL for the supply