THE ‘NEXT NORMAL’

Taking stock of the Canadian collision repair business By SYLVAIN SEGUIN, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, FIX NETWORK CANADA After a little over two years of restrictions, Canadians can finally see their lives returning to normal and back to face-to- face interactions—in phases though. We are not out of the woods yet, and it may take us […]

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?

THOROUGHLY SCRAMBLED In a prank gone wrong, a Nanaimo, British Columbia man was knocked unconscious when he was hit by an egg thrown by a passing vehicle, according to an RCMP news release. He was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and is currently dealing with “difficulty in his thought process” and memory challenges, said […]

TECHNOLOGY NEWS

GO VENTLESS Ask any collision centre owner: nothing in the industry is free. Even air can cost you. Through conventional spray booths—which tend to feature enclosed designs and large fans requiring air make-up units—air from inside the booth is filtered from outside and through the booth, where it’s then passed through filters and back to […]

OEM NEWS

SHEDDING SKIN In a move combining the legacy of the American muscle car with cutting-edge automotive technology, Shelby has unveiled a new limited edition Cobra, fitted with a carbon fibre body shell weighing a mere 88 lbs. The Shelby Cobra “Diamond Edition”, designed to recognize the iconic car’s sixtieth anniversary on the road, is limited […]

INSURANCE NEWS

CASH FOR CRASH A recent survey from RATESDOTCA seems to indicate that a significant portion of Ontario drivers would prefer to leave their insurance company out of the loop when it comes to small fender- bender accidents. The survey found that 42 percent of Ontario drivers would prefer to pay or accept a cash settlement […]

BUSINESS NEWS

LORDCO’S AWARD HAUL Lordco Auto Parts claimed a host of honours at the recent PPG Platinum Distributors Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The British Columbia-based company claimed the titles for the National Sales Achievement Award, Highest Sale Dollar Growth; the Zone Sales Pacesetter award for Canada and was also honoured with the Platinum Plus Achievement, […]

INDUSTRY NEWS

ON THE LINE As the omicron wave of COVID-19 begins to subside and public health measures are lifted across many provinces and regions, some new industry data is showing that production for manufacturing is trending upward. Reaching its highest level since November of last year, the IHS Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose […]

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

MICHAEL PIPER | Uniban Canada Uniban Canada has announced the appointment of Michael Piper as vice president of development. Having spent many years in the collision repair industry, Piper brings a wide range of practical leadership experience, said Uniban. Piper entered the automotive industry through a leading Calgary dealership group. As vice president of development, […]