Greener Pastures: AIA Quebec division postpones September golf tournament

Quebec City, Quebec — The Automotive Industries Association of Canada’s (AIA Canada) Quebec division is sad to announce its golf tournament, originally scheduled for September 9, 2021, has been postponed until spring 2022. It had been hoped that new measures would have been brought into effect regarding outdoor sporting events and indoor dining and socializing, […]

Say Hello to Henkle: Brent Henkle joins Elite Body Shop Solutions as training manager

Nolensville, Tennessee — Elite Body Shop Solutions announced today that Brent Henkle will be joining its team as a Training Manager.  “We’re proud to announce that Brent Henkle, a matchless professional in our industry, is now working together with the rest of the Elite team on crafting unique solutions for body shop owners,” said Dave Luehr, […]

Pandemic Precaution: AIA postpones Quebec Grand Forum until 2022

Ottawa, Ontario – The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada announced that the 2021 Quebec Grand Forum has been postponed. The event, initially scheduled for December 8, 2021, has been postponed until March 17, 2022, due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions. AIA says that because of concerns about maintaining social distancing while attending […]

Battery Boost: Lion Electric to open new battery factory with federal and provincial investment

Montreal, Quebec – Lion Electric announced the construction of a battery manufacturing plant and innovation center in Quebec. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the construction of the facility with Marc Bédard, the CEO and founder of Lion Electric. “With today’s announcement, we are continuing to take steps to support our Canadian businesses, invest in innovation, […]

Officially International: Fix Network announces expansion of first U.S. ProColor shops

Blainville, Quebec — Fix Network World on Thursday announced three autobody shops in Southern California had joined its ProColor franchise, the first locations in the U.S. for the two major international collision brands.  In 2019, Fix Network World bought the Canadian brand ProColor brand from Uni-Select declaring that the 172 ProColor shops combined with roughly […]

AIA Asks: Industry feedback wanted on DCM to strip paint in autobody sector

Ottawa, Ontario — AIA Canada has received a request for information from Environment and Climate Change Canada to determine if the current risk management strategy for dichloromethane (DCM), a substance used to strip paint, is sufficient or if new measures should be considered.  When the government investigates a substance’s risk-management strategy, the industry must provide […]

Hot Wheels: Ford donates F-150 to support automotive students

Dawson Creek, British Columbia — Yesterday, automotive students at Northern Lights College got a new set of wheels to work on.  Ford Motors donated an F-150 pickup truck and tire machine to the college’s automotive training program, one of 95 vehicles being donated by the Ford Motor Company of Canada as part of a nation-wide […]

Canada’s Black Employee Network: Cox Automotive BEN Hosts Global Inaugural Event to combat systemic racism

Mississauga, Ontario — Yesterday Cox Automotive Canada’s Black Employee Network (BEN) hosted more than 500 team members from Canada, Brazil, England, Europe, and the U.S. for its inaugural event.  Guided by BEN’s three pillars, the event celebrated the employee resource group’s (ERG) achievements thus far, educated team members on anti-black and systemic racism, and inspired […]

Bold and Blue-tiful: PPG’s 2020 Colour Report shows continued increase in blue hues

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — On Tuesday PPG released its 2020 automotive colour popularity report, and the results are mind blue-ing.  The colour, called ‘optimistic’ by PPG, climbed to nine percent of the global colour share in 2020—a one percent increase from 2019. The trend reinforces PPG 2019 automotive colour forecast, which anticipated that sales of blue […]