History in the Making: Global auto recyclers sign historic agreement

Toronto, Ontario — Oct. 2, 2019 — ARC Canada is considering signing a Memorandum of Cooperation after an international roundtable earlier this year. The memorandum was initiated and signed by auto recycling associations from across the globe in an effort to increase collaborative business as well as provide a singular, united voice worldwide for the organizations. […]

Cyber Chase: FBI called in after Ontario auto supplier suffers cyber attack

Strathroy, Ontario — Oct. 2, 2019 — After a Strathroy, Ontario-based lightweight automotive metal supplier Meridian Lightweight Technologies suffered a cyber attack last week, OPP has contacted the FBI for assistance. The nature of the Meridian cyber attack, or whether the hackers demanded a ransom from the company to release date, is not yet known. The […]

Repairers Recognized: Former cover story star Andrew Madai celebrated for 50 years in business

Toronto, Ontario — Oct. 2, 2019 — Just a few weeks after being featured in Collision Repair, Andrew Madai was recognized in Vancouver’s North Shore newspaper, in a piece which also highlighted CSN North Vancouver’s 50th anniversary in business. On Thursday morning, Madai’s story hit the stands, “More than 50 years fixing cars for North Vancouver’s CSN Elite.” […]

E-Estimations: Mitchell to sell AI photo estimating tool in 2020

Toronto, Ontario — Oct. 2, 2019 — On Tuesday, Mitchell International announced the release of its Mitchell Intelligent Estimating system, able to “predict and pre-populate all possible proportions of an estimate” from photos. According to Mitchell, the system uses Google’s computer vision and cloud processing power and allows appraisers to further complete, review and approve a […]

ABRA-CARSTAR-dabra: Driven Brands acquires ABRA franchise locations

Toronto, Ontario — October 2, 2019 — Driven Brands today announced its acquisition of ABRA Automotive Systems LP, the franchising subsidiary of ABRA Auto Body Repair of America (‘ABRA’). The move adds 55 franchised collision repair facilities to the collision portfolio of Driven Brands. It excludes corporately-owned ABRA facilities that were purchased by Caliber earlier this […]