TRAC Appoints Carol Hochu as President & CEO-Elect

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Cambridge, ON, Aug. 27, 2020 – The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Hochu as incoming President & CEO.

Ms. Hochu brings a lifetime of experience and successful track record of leading Canadian associations and non-profit organizations. Most recently, she led the Canadian Plastics Industry Association as President and CEO for nearly a decade, and prior to that she served as Executive Director of the Ontario Electronic Stewardship. As an accomplished association executive, in all her past roles Ms. Hochu served as a passionate industry advocate who successfully raised industry profiles and advanced important industry issues with key stakeholders, influencers, and government; and she expertly navigates all aspects of association management, including government, member and public relations.

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Auto supplier Magna’s sales beat as virus-hit vehicle production rebounds – Reuters

(Reuters) – Auto parts maker Magna International Inc (MG.TO) on Friday reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and forecast full-year sales above estimates, as vehicle production in North America showed signs of a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it lost about $5.5 billion in sales during the second quarter, as its customers shut production amid government-enforced lockdowns.

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AirBoss Announces Over US$123 Million of Contracts for PPE

NEWMARKET, Ontario, July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AirBoss of America Corp. (TSX: BOS) (the “Company” or “AirBoss”) today announced that AirBoss Defense Group (“ADG”) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (“HHS”) – Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (“ASPR”) for the manufacture and sale of 50,000 FlexAir™ Powered Air Purifying Respirator (“PAPR”) systems, 3,000,000 high efficiency filters and related accessories, including spare protective hoods, for delivery to the Strategic National Stockpile (“SNS”).  The contract is expected to be worth an aggregate amount of US$121 million.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, federal organizations are increasingly examining ways to both manage their ongoing response, and also address their future emergency preparedness,” said Chris Bitsakakis, President and Chief Operating Officer of AirBoss. “Based on our work on the recently awarded FEMA contract, ADG is cementing its reputation for being able to deliver large volumes of product on short timelines. This latest win further validates our decision to form ADG, creating a larger and more sophisticated survivability solutions platform that can access and secure a broader range of contracts than AirBoss could previously on its own.”

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Ontario Launches New Online Tool For Viewing Highway Improvements

TORONTO — The Ontario government has released a new online tool that provides the people of Ontario and businesses with information about highway projects in their communities, including the status of projects that are already underway and major construction projects slated for the future. The new online tool is part of the government’s plan to keep highways safe and reliable, while supporting economic growth and job creation across the province.

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Canadian RubberSource Launches Global Growth Initiatives

CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO (PRWEB) JUNE 16, 2020: RubberSource’s first growth initiative was to expand sales and warehouse facilities to support their planned growth. November 2019 marked the opening of RubberSource Europe, with a sales office in Germany and a warehouse in Poland positioned to supply Europe, Africa, Middle East, and China.

RubberSource’s Canadian headquarters, located within 200km of 4 U.S./Canadian borders, has also expanded to serve the Americas. Soucy-Techno – Rubbersource’s manufacturing partner based in Sherbrook, Quebec – has a new, fully integrated and automated manufacturing process at their ISO 9001:2015 certified state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Soucy-Techno has also recently expanded its warehouse to 3,300 m2 to address the increased demand. RubberSource consistently maintains 200 rolls of rubber in inventory and can manufacture any other requirements in less than 2 weeks, quite often in 3-5 business days.

The second initiative is…

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Aftermarket Stabilizing, but Uncertainties Remain Says AIA

Following on from its initial survey on the impact of COVID-19 on business conditions in the automotive aftermarket, conducted April 20-May 8), AIA Canada has released the results of a second study.

Conducted between June 1 and 12, 2020, the study targeted aftermarket business owners and employees across the country, including parts manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, warehouse distributors, collision centres, mechanical service shops and quick lube centres.

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AIA Canada Announces the Cancellation of Canada Night Held During AAPEX 2020

The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada announces that the 2020 edition of Canada Night has been cancelled due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions and concerns for the health and safety of participants.

Originally scheduled for November 3, 2020, Canada Night was to have taken place during the Automotive Aftermarket Parts Exposition (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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NAFTA replacement leaves many guessing in auto industry

Imagine being asked to bake a cake but not being told what kind of cake you’ll be baking and knowing you’ll be judged on the results. You might know you need milk, eggs and flour, but whether the cake needs to be chocolate or carrot is pretty important, too, and will change what you pick up during your shopping trip.

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Bridgestone Launches Bandag MaxTread Tire Line

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Bridgestone says the Bandag MaxTread line features Bandag retreads as a stand-alone, single unit tire solution, rather than a traditional tire cap and casing offering. The line includes trailer, drive and all-position fitments for light truck, waste, long haul, severe service and pickup and delivery applications.

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Goodyear Joins Turo To Provide Timely Cleaning Service For Its Car-Sharing Community

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AKRON, Ohio , June 8, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT ), through its innovative fleet servicing platform, AndGo by Goodyear, is providing on-demand and on-location professional vehicle services for Turo, the leading peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace. The AndGo by Goodyear offer for Turo hosts is currently available in Southern California , with more markets coming soon.

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