Workers Wanted: Apprentice job shortage continues, even internationally

Hertfordshire, England — A report by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) confirms what some Canadians have worried about–apprenticeship recruitment isn’t rising. The total number of automotive apprentice certificates issued in the U.K. in 2021 Q3 was 25,862, 34 percent higher than 2020 Q3. However, comparing this quarter to pre-pandemic levels, certificate numbers are still […]

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Navigating the shortages, together Story by MAX REID About two years ago, collision centres across Canada found themselves in limbo. Facilities were full of technicians, looking to work but there was little to be found. Today the industry finds itself in a new limbo: pre-COVID repair volume has returned to the industry, and yet the […]

Big Picture: BASF CEO Martin Brudermuller says semiconductor shortage could have greater implications than imagined

Ludwigshafen, Germany — The impact of the global semiconductor chip shortage could be greater than expected, BASF CEO Martin Brudermuller said Wednesday, warning that shortages could also have an impact on chemicals players in the automotive aftermarket. With slower supply times from manufacturers, BASF reduced its estimate for cars produced in its second-quarter earnings call […]

Idled Ingersoll: GM factory cutting production due to chip shortage 

Ingersoll, Ontario — General Motors became the latest victim to get hit by the global shortage of semiconductor chips as the U.S. automaker said Wednesday; it will take down production next week at four assembly plants–with Ingersoll being the first.  GM stated it will cut production entirely next week at plants in Ingersoll, Ontario; Fairfax, […]