Equipment manufacturers grapple with ‘new normal’ in trade
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.
Testing our Metal: Tariffs hit Canada’s trailer makers, upfitters hard
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
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
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
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.