Innovation in Alberta: Alberta scientists honoured for work in lithium extraction for EVs; autonomous vehicle road tech

Calgary, Alberta ⁠— Two Alberta doctors were recently honoured by their peers at an annual event celebrating innovation in science and technology. The Alberta Science and Technology foundation⁠—also known as ASTech⁠—is managed by Technology Alberta and recognizes innovation taking place throughout the province. Dr. Ghada Nafie is developing an efficient way to extract lithium from […]

CARSTAR Gearing up for Shine Month Fundraising to Fight Cystic Fibrosis

CARSTAR stores from across Canada and the U.S. are contributing to cystic fibrosis research, care and advocacy as they prepare for what they hope will be another successful Shine Month, this June.

By CRM Staff   Hamilton, Ontario — May 4, 2018 — CARSTAR stores from across Canada and the U.S. are contributing to cystic fibrosis research, care and advocacy as they prepare for what they hope will be another successful Shine Month, this June.   The CARSTAR and cystic fibrosis affiliation all started when Victoria, granddaughter […]

SATA auctions 150 Spray Gun for charity at CCIF Toronto

Members of the SATA team at CCIF Toronto, 2018. From left: Jason Couillard, Business Development Specialist; John Turner, General Manager; Brian Rigo, Warehouse Manager; April Chadwick, Marketing Specialist; Bob Wills, Business Development Specialist.

Toronto, Ontario — February 1, 2018 — SATA Canada auctioned the first manufactured SATAjet Canada 150 special edition spray gun at CCIF Toronto in an effort to raise funds for autism research. The SATAjet Canada 150 was created to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Only 150 individually numbered spray guns were produced. “The SATAjet Canada 150 […]

MPI opens ‘state-of-the-art’ research and training centre

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By CRM Staff Winnipeg, Manitoba — October 18, 2017 — Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has opened a new “state-of-the-art” centre for automotive research and training in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The insurer says the new facility, which opened at the J.W. Zacharias Physical Damage Research Centre, will help its staff keep pace with the rapid changes in […]

Researchers announce new method for prepping carbon fibre for bonding

Adrian Sabau and Jian Chen work with a laser to prepare the surface of carbon fibre composites and aluminum to create superior bonds that can absorb 200 percent more energy than conventional bonds.

By Mike Davey   Oak Ridge, Tennessee — May 30, 2016 — Carbon fibre composites are incredibly strong and very lightweight. The material would therefore be almost perfect  for both body panel and structural components, but high production costs have helped to limit its use. Carbon fibre also requires a lot of surface preparation prior […]

PPG invests $7.8 million in R&D facility

One of the labs at PPG's recently revamped Coatings Innovation Center. The company has just completed a $7.8 million upgrade to the facility's capabilities.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — February 22, 2016 — PPG has just announced it has completed a significant investment to its primary research and development facility for paint and coatings. Part of the upgrades include facilities for simulating the wide variety of environmental conditions experienced by refinish customers and a new automotive refinish training centre. The investment […]

Collisions with deer, other wildlife on the rise

Deer collisions are on the rise in North America, according to reports from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation.

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — October 4, 2015 — It’s that time of year again, when rutting deer make driving on rural roads especially hazardous. The traditional October bump in business at collision repair centres caused by collisions with deer is a well-documented annual occurrence. Deer, of course, breed from October to December so […]

ASA launches study on repairing hail damaged aluminum vehicles

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By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — August 28, 2015 — The US-based Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced a new research project this week concerning the repair of hail-damage of aluminum vehicles. The study is a response to questions raised by the National Alliance of Paintless Dent Repair Technicians (NAPDRT) regarding proper processes for fixing aluminum […]