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Kia Canada beefs up training program to attract techs
October 30, 2019 by Allan Janssen

At a time when finding good skilled labour can be challenging, Kia Canada believes its reputation as a technology leader has made it a target destination for top technicians. The company, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Canada this

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Phillips creates five new units in major restructuring
October 29, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Phillips Industries has created five distinct strategic business units as part of a major restructuring. They are Phillips Aftermarket, Phillips OEM, Phillips Connect Technologies, Phillips Asia-Pacific, and Phillips Europe. The five divisions will focus on resources on specific markets in

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College introduces young women to science, technology and skilled trades
October 29, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Ontario’s Durham College recently hosted more than 600 Grade 7 and 8 students from across Durham Region and Northumberland County for the second annual conference, Expand the Possibilities: Young Women in Science, Technology and Trades. The two days of exploration

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COMMENTARY: Grappling with New Retail Models
October 29, 2019 by Allan Janssen

‘The New Retail’ integrates online searches, offline shopping, modern technology, and cutting-edge logistics.

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FinishMaster Inc. has new interim president, COO
October 28, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Uni-Select Inc. has announced the resignation of Chris Adams as president and COO of FinishMaster, Inc., a Uni-Select subsidiary. Adams will depart the company effective Oct. 31, 2019, when Rob Molenaar assumes the post of president and COO on an

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ATEQ names new marketing manager
October 28, 2019 by Allan Janssen

ATEQ TPMS Tools has promoted Grant Barnes to the position of marketing manager. His primary responsibility will be to maintain brand standards for ATEQ TPMS, as well as all private brands, and design key marketing and promotional material. “Since his

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CRP focuses on core products after sale of ContiTech belts
October 28, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Following the sale of its Continental-ContiTech brand of automotive belts and belt kits to Continental, CRP Industries says it is focusing its resources on the future growth of its core brands. CRP Industries provides the aftermarket with Rein Automotive Parts,

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NUMBERS: Recalls, V2X technology, and unhappy workers
October 28, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Stats that put the North American automotive aftermarket into perspective

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New light vehicle sales down 3.7% in September
October 25, 2019 by Allan Janssen

DesRosiers Automotive Consulting is reporting another soft month for new car sales in Canada. Total new light vehicle sales decreased 3.7% in September 2019, compared to September 2018. Units sold fell from 172,974 in September 2018 to 166,488 units sold

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‘Visualizer’ shows vehicle enhancements before they’re installed
October 25, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Keystone Automotive Operations has added a custom vehicle “visualizer” into its popular web portal, eKeystone.com Described as “the perfect complimentary sales tool for jobbers, dealerships, and accessory manufacturers,” Interactive Garage allows them to demonstrate to their customers exactly how selected

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Gem-Car opens new headquarters and training centre
October 25, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Gem-Car has officially opened its new Montreal headquarters and training center. At a gala event last night, attended by industry leaders, suppliers, and Gem-Car customers, company president Mathieu Brunel thanked the industry for its support. “This is all about us

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Future success hinges on tools and training: AIA
October 24, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Analyst from Conference Board of Canada offers view on coming technology and how it may disrupt or enhance the auto service and repair industry.