Major growth expected for automotive aluminum

Various metals, including aluminum (green), magnesium (yellow), and press-hardened ultra-high-strength steel (maroon) can be seen on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica at NACE 2016. Also visible is the composite front structure (red). (Photo by John Huetter/Repairer Driven News)

Toronto, Ontario — August 9, 2017 — The use of aluminum in vehicles is expected to grow immensely over the next three years, according to a report prepared by research firm Ducker Worldwide. According to the report, aluminum car doors will show up on 25 percent of the North American fleet by 2020. In 2015, aluminum doors […]

CARSTAR Shediac launches in New Brunswick

Dave Meery (Left) and Serge Leger (Right) in CARSTAR Shediac. With a 6,500 square foot facility, nine employees, two paint booths and state of the art equipment to service even large vehicles with aluminum components, CARSTAR Shediac is ready to support its neighbourhood and the Moncton area.

Shediac, New Brunswick — August 9, 2017 — CARSTAR Canada recently announced the addition of CARSTAR Shediac to its network. With a 6,500 sq. ft. facility, nine employees, two paint booths and state-of-the-art equipment to service even large vehicles with aluminum components, CARSTAR Shediac is ready to support its neighbourhood and the Moncton area. Owner […]

Axalta offers distance education options for painters

Axalta’s live virtual training, which covers the same curricula taught at Axalta’s Learning and Development Centers, is designed to offer as a solution for paint technicians who recognize the value of face-to-face learning, but are unable to travel long distances

Toronto, Ontario — August 9, 2017 — Axalta has recently announced newly enhanced refinish learning and development offerings, which will be available to customers in Canada and the United States. This program will include live virtual training classes, and successful students will receive an enhanced Master Certification. Axalta’s live virtual training, which covers the same […]

Boyd Group acquires Calgary’s Concours Collision Centres

Ken Friesen has sold the four locations of Concours Collision Centres to the Winnipeg-based Boyd Group. Friesen and his management team will stay on with the company after the acquisition is completed.

By Mike Davey Winnipeg, Manitoba — August 9, 2017 — The Boyd Group has officially announced the acquisition of Concours Collision Centres. The multi-store operation, consisting of four collision repair facilities located in Calgary, was previously owned by Ken Friesen. “We are excited to be expanding our presence in the Calgary region, a large market […]