Industry Investments: Invest Ontario targets auto investments from China

Toronto, Ontario — The Government of Ontario, eager to attract a new plant from automakers in China, has created an agency to act as a “one-stop-shop” for manufacturers scouting places to invest. The company, Invest Ontario, was created in July of 2020 and is viewed by the government as the “central agency for businesses to […]

Tesla counters Chinese vehicle tariffs

Tesla responds to Chinese tariffs with increased prices

By CRM Staff   Toronto, Ontario – July 9, 2018 — While the U.S. President’s economic team expected the international community to react in kind towards the administration’s protectionist economic policies, one OEM has become the first major corporate entity to adopt similar economic policies of their own accord  –  and stakeholders in Canada’s auto aftermarket […]

China’s highest-ranking diplomat tours CARSTAR Abbotsford and 360 Fabrication

Rick Francoeur of CARSTAR Abbotsford and 360 Fabrication (right), giving a tour of the operations he co-owns with his brother Daryl to Chinese officials, including H.E. Consul General Liu Fei, the highest-ranking Chinese diplomat in Canada.

By Laura Ballance Abbotsford, British Columbia — April 15, 2017 — You can tell you’ve gained a certain reputation when high-ranking foreign officials start asking if they can stop by for a visit. Rick and Daryl Francoeur, owners of CARSTAR Abbotsford and 360 Fabrication, received an unusual request in March when the People’s Republic of […]

AIA signs cooperation agreement with China’s CAMRA

At the signing of the agreement between AIA Canada and CAMRA. From left: Mark Deroches and Mubasher Faruki of BCIT, Desmond Chan of Fix Auto, Fengling Wang of CAMRA, J.F. Champagne of AIA Canada, Bob Kirstiuk of Advantage Parts Solutions and Frank Liu of CAMRA.

Beijing, China — April 9, 2017 — The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada has announced it has signed a cooperation agreement with the China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trades Association (CAMRA). The official event was held in Beijing at the AMR2017: Auto Maintenance and Repair Expo. “Cooperation and collaboration is needed to grow and […]

Fix Auto Guilin hosts grand opening event

At the grand opening of Fix Auto Guilin, from left: Liu Xiaobing, CEO Twinway; Liu Xiaofeng, owner/operator; Wang Fengling, Vice Secretary General, CAMRA; Desmond Chan, Global Strategic Development - Asia, Fix Auto World; Frank Liu, President, Fix Auto China.

Guilin, China — December 23, 2016 — Fix Auto Guilin hosted an official grand opening event in Guilin, in Guangxi Province, China. At the time of Fix Auto China’s official launch on December 1, 2016 in Shanghai, Fix Auto Guilin was the most recent addition to the Fix Auto China network. Fix Auto China has […]

Fix Auto launches network in China at Automechanika Shanghai

Frank Liu, President of Fix Auto China, at the official launch at Automechanika Shanghai.

Shanghai, China — December 1, 2016 — Fix Auto World has officially launched a repair network in China. This marks the eighth country in which Fix Auto now operates. The initial network will consist of 78 collision repair facilities. Fix Auto was founded in Canada in 1992. The network expanded to the US in 2004 […]

Global View: Inside China’s collision repair industry

China has been very quick to develop a comprehensive set of mobility services around taxi-hailing platforms, chauffeur services, ride sharing, car sharing, and peer-to-peer car sharing. This may lead to a situation where the country has fewer car owners than at its peak, but more vehicles on the road.

By Barett Poley Peterborough, Ontario — November 24, 2016 — The International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) draws together key influencers and thought leaders from across the globe to discuss the trends and factors impacting the collision repair industry both at home and abroad. Collision Repair magazine is the exclusive Canadian Media Partner for IBIS. We […]

BASF’s future: Timothy Dawe on what’s next and his newly created role

Tim Dawe, BASF Automotive Refinish Sales Director for North America.

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — December 9, 2015 — Collision Repair magazine recently reported Timothy P. Dawe has been appointed the new North American Sales Director for BASF Automotive Refinish. Dawe recently took a few minutes out to speak to us about his new role. Dawe comes to his new position with more than […]