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Truck of the future will still run on diesel: panel

October 7, 2019 by John Smith

MONT TREMBLANT, Que. —  The truck of the future will run on diesel as well as a variety of other energy sources, depending on their application, a panel told attendees at the Canadian Transportation Equipment Association (CTEA) annual convention.

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Simard sees immigration as a recruiting solution

October 4, 2019 by John Smith

TREMBLANT, Que. – Simard Suspension is clearly a significant employer in Baie-St-Paul in Charlevoix, a tourist town with 7,000 people about an hour northeast of Quebec City. But it relies on immigration to meet recruiting needs.


Equipment manufacturers grapple with ‘new normal’ in trade

October 23, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Rona Ambrose didn’t have many comforting words for members of the Canadian Transportation Equipment Association (CTEA). Offering a keynote address during the association’s annual meeting, the advisor in recent NAFTA negotiations promised more trade uncertainty to come.


Trucking, shipping groups dig into USMCA changes

October 3, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Whether you call it USMCA or the unofficial brand of NAFTA 2.0, North America’s new trade agreement is being greeted with a sigh of relief by transportation industry lobbyists and analysts alike.


Testing our Metal: Tariffs hit Canada’s trailer makers, upfitters hard

August 17, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Falcon Equipment had eight to nine months of trailer orders on the books as a July 1 deadline for steel and aluminum tariffs approached. The B.C.-based manufacturer waited as long as it could. But eventually there was no choice.


Switchin’ to Glide: Registering glider kits could be a problem

August 14, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — There are hundreds if not thousands of trucks rumbling across this land that aren’t really trucks at all. They are legally defined as “an assemblage of parts” that someone has bolted together and turned into a truck. Otherwise known as glider kits, these vehicles create headaches for regulators — and some may soon cause their owners a little grief as well.


Gear up for April 18 maintenance summit

March 26, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – The Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit is fast approaching and will bring high-profile industry speakers from across North America to Toronto’s International Centre on April 18. And there will be plenty to absorb, from electrification, to collision mitigation, spec’ing practices, fuel economy, and more.


CTEA commits to growing voice

February 9, 2018 by John Smith

WINDSOR, Ont. – Complying with all the rules that apply to producing a vehicle is no small task, and this even holds true for the businesses which build on the work of Original Equipment Manufacturers.

Attach something like a dump body or snow plow, and you’re expected to identify and certify the final product with a Canada Safety Mark. Each change has to meet applicable standards, and those who do the work must be able to issue recalls and respond to compliance audits, and familiarize themselves with the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations, and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Put another way, reaching for a welder or torque wrench is just part of the job.

The Canadian Transportation Equipment Association (CTEA) has long been a resource to help comply with the underlying rules. But it’s also been quietly building on that mandate – establishing a stronger voice for businesses which perform the tasks.


CTEA set for June 15 risk management session in Guelph

June 6, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ST. THOMAS, ON – The Canadian Transportation Equipment Association is holding risk management workshops for vehicles built in multiple stages this coming June 15 at the Hampton Inn in Guelph, ON, with a French workshop in the Montreal area coming Sept. 15.


Glider Kits: Fish or Fowl?

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ST. THOMAS, ON. – Important question: Is a glider a new or used truck? And why should you care?