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Johnson Controls sells battery unit
November 14, 2018 by The Canadian Press

Brookfield Business Partners LP and the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, together with a group of institutional partners, have signed a deal to buy Johnson Controls’ power solutions business for US$13.2 billion. The business produces batteries for automakers

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Uni-Select sales up, but belt tightening ahead
November 14, 2018 by Adam Malik

Quebec-based Uni-Select may have seen its sales go up compared to the same time last year, but its interim leader is warning about changes coming. André Courville, interim president and chief executive officer of Uni-Select, said further efforts to improve

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How soon for autonomous? Study gives latest guess
November 14, 2018 by Adam Malik

Vehicles with at least one autonomous feature are expected to dominate the roads in the next few years. Global Market Insights, Inc. recently forecasted that the autonomous vehicle market will cross shipments of over 60 million units by 2024. Level

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MEMA calls for end to tariffs
November 14, 2018 by Adam Malik

With the announcement of a new free trade deal in North America, the U.S.-based group representing automotive suppliers wants to see the end of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico. The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), which

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Google, Epicor team up on parts search
November 13, 2018 by Adam Malik

Search engine giant Google has teamed up with Epicor Software Corporation to develop a new consumer-facing search feature covering automotive replacement parts. When a user searches on Google for auto parts – which is where 90 per cent of all

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Lifetime award given to KYB’s McGovern
November 13, 2018 by Adam Malik

KYB’s Mac McGovern was honoured at AAPEX with an award to recognize his contributions to the aftermarket. The Import Vehicle Community Luncheon and Awards Program held during the show in Las Vegas gave McGovern, who had recently retired from the

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ALI elects new chairman
November 13, 2018 by Allan Janssen

Jerome Lentz of Challenger Lifts has been elected chairman of the Automotive Lift Institute. ALI members elected a slate of directors for the 2019 term at the associations’s annual meeting in Las Vegas late last month. Lentz is joined on

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Groupe Touchette acquires Atlas Tire
November 12, 2018 by Allan Janssen

Groupe Touchette Inc., one of Canada’s largest tire distributors, has acquired Atlas Tire Wholesale Inc. The company says the deal constitutes a major step in its plans to expand its Canadian market coverage. Atlas Tire boasts a strong presence in

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Uni-Select raises money as part of celebration
November 12, 2018 by Adam Malik

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Uni-Select Atlantic members held an open house and raised money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Going with a race car theme, the open house is a tradeshow held at the Uni-Select Moncton distribution

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PGI to launch new division
November 12, 2018 by Adam Malik

Premium Guard Inc. announced that its newly created division, PWR Motion Control Systems, will officially launch PWR STEER, a new power steering program. The program will feature an all-makes offering in new hydraulic power steering pumps, rack and pinion, gear

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How digitally mature is your business?
November 9, 2018 by Adam Malik

The more digital your business is, the bigger the effect technology can have on sales growth, according to a new study. Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) recently looked at the level of digital maturity in small and medium businesses

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Mevotech expands TTX offerings
November 9, 2018 by Adam Malik

Toronto-based Mevotech LP announced that it has expanded its control arms from their premium brand, TTX: Terrain Tough Xtreme. The company said its line has been growing. So the company is expanding the control arm program to include its patented