Swedish Success: ABB announces world’s first art car painted entirely by a robot

Västerås, Sweden – Move over artists, the robots may be coming for your jobs, too. According to ABB Robotics, one of the company’s robots has successfully painted a car with artistic designs in less than 30 minutes. A mechanized arm with an advanced print jet mechanism, ABB’s IRB 5500 industrial robot successfully painted a replica […]

Perfecting Painting: WorldSkills Canada competition underway in Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta — This week, competitors from across the world met in Edmonton for the Canadian SATA Skills Car Painting Global Challenge 2022. Competitors from Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates met at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology campus for the main event, where they will be tested […]

Bored and Stroked: SATA Canada offers SATAjet X 5500 exclusive for the Canadian market

Toronto, Ontario — SATA Canada is offering a custom-designed SATAjet X 5500–and it’s exclusive to the Canadian market. The “Bored and Stroked” special edition pays tribute to big block power and the glory days of the muscle car. According to SATA’s description, the custom SATAjet X 5500 features “famous engine call-out emblems from your favourite […]

Dealing with Defects: Axalta launches video series on common refinishing challenges

Toronto, Ontario — Do you have burning questions about some of the nitty-gritty details of automotive refinishing, because automotive coatings developer Axalta is aiming to provide some answers, as part of the company’s “Global Paint Defects Series” on Youtube. Axalta’s ongoing online series tackles some of the most common challenges faced by automotive refinishers at […]

Spilled Ink: BMW unveils concept vehicle with colour-changing E Ink paint at CES 2022

Las Vegas, Nevada — BMW unveiled a chameleon-like concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show this week that utilizes a popular e-reader technology to provide multiple colour shade possibilities on a single vehicle. The German automaker showed off a prototype version of the BMW iX featuring E Ink technology applied to the vehicle’s paint, allowing […]

Come on Irene: PPG names Irene Tasi chief growth officer

Toronto, Ontario — PPG has named Irene Tasi as the company’s chief growth officer, a new position created to establish long-term corporate strategy. Tasi will be based at PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa. and serve as a member of the company’s Operating Committee. “Irene is a proven, entrepreneurial leader who will help to drive […]

There the Hoods At: FinishMaster releases Hoodmaster 2021 finalists

Toronto, Ontario — Canadian talent continues to make its mark on the auto industry as Stratford, Ont.’s Josh Dobson came away with second prize in the pinstriping category at FinishMaster’s Hoodmaster 2021 painting competition. The Ontario-based product specialist for Axalta earned his spot near the top of the pile for his impressive “Frozen” pinstriped mini […]

SATA Seal: SATA 410N painter course to kick off Dec. 6, space still available

Toronto, Ontario — In the aim to fill a long-term gap in automotive refinishing training, SATA Canada is gearing up for its inaugural 410N automotive painter class (Red Seal equivalent), set to kick off on Dec. 6 at the company’s Vaughan, Ont. training facility.  Open to new students and experienced painters alike, SATA’s new course […]

FinishMaster’s Frontman: Michael Sylvester named new president, COO of FinishMaster Inc.

Toronto, Ontario — Uni-Select has nabbed former Stella-Jones senior v-p Michael Sylvester as the new president and COO of FinishMaster Inc. Sylvester made his name at Stella-Jones, engaging in strategic negotiations with clients and suppliers and establishing a proven track record in the realm of mergers and acquisitions. Brian McManus, executive chair and CEO of […]