Mississauga (January 27th 2009). The Canusa entry in the 2009 APC Late Model Stock Car series will carry the blue, red and gold colours of Total Lubricants Canada for the next five years, it was announced today.
This is all part of a major tie-up between the two distinguished companies from Europe and Ontario.
Canusa will distribute Total lubricants and coolants in the Ontario automotive market through its two integrated automotive distribution centres, Mississauga and Dorchester, and thirty five corporate and associate stores in south and central Ontario.
Although Total’s involvement in European F1 racing is legendary under the Elf brand, their foray into Canadian stock car racing, including participation in the APC Series at Delaware and at various tracks in Ontario and the States, will be a first for the Company. Jamie Ramsay will be driving the Canusa Total entry.
Total Lubricants Canada (TLC) was created in December 2007 following the purchase of Montreal-based Tribospec shares by the Total Group. TLC produces a complete line of automotive and industrial lubricants, including coolants, bio lubricants and next generation synthetic low sap and fuel economy lubricants and motor oils which meet all OEM specifications. Total Lubricants Canada’s Montreal blending facility has an annual blending capacity exceeding 35,000,000 litres.
Total is one of the world’s largest oil and gas majors with 96,000 employees and operations in more than 130 countries.
The five-year distribution deal with Caunusa also establishes important links for Total to Uni-Select, a North American company operating under the Canadian Automotive Group with 12 distribution centres, some 380 independent wholesalers (members) operating 700 stores under three banners – Auto Plus, Auto Parts Plus and Bumper to Bumper.
Quote from Stephen Drake, Vice-president of Canusa Automotive Warehousing
“Canusa views our relationship with Total Lubricants Canada as a strategic partnership with one of the World’s premier oil companies”
Quote from Olivier Goutal, President of Total Lubricants Canada Inc.
“Total Lubricants Canada is very pleased to be part of this three-party partnership which reflects our commitment to manufacturing the best possible product and providing the best possible customer service”
ABOUT TOTAL: Total is one of the world’s major oil and gas groups, with activities in more than 130 countries. Its 96,000 employees put their expertise to work in every part of the industry – exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining and marketing, gas & power and trading. Total is working to keep the world supplied with energy, both today and tomorrow. The Group is also a first rank player in chemicals. Total Lubricants Canada was created in December 2008 following the purchase of Tribospec shares by the Total Group. TLC produces and distributes a complete line of automotive and industrial lubricants, coolants, rust proofing and bio lubricants, as well as carrying new generation synthetic lubricants including low sap and fuel economy products meeting OEM specifications. Total Lubricants Canada possesses a blending facility in Montreal constructed in 2000 with a blending capacity of over 35,000,000 litres.
ABOUT CANUSA: Canusa is a closely held family business that operates one of the most sophisticated integrated distribution networks in Ontario in the automotive market. It is one of the largest members of Uni-Select in Ontario and prides itself on service, product availability, competitive pricing and access to senior management. The company operates two distribution centres (Dorchester and Mississauga) and thirty five corporate and associate stores situated in south and central Ontario.
ABOUT UNI-SELECT: Uni-Select is a North America-wide company operating the Canadian Automotive Group as a separate Uni-Select business unit. With its 12 distribution centers across Canada, some 380 independent wholesalers (members) operating close to 700 stores under 3 banners (Auto Plus, Auto Parts Plus and Bumper to Bumper) and its extensive base of installers, now reaching over 2,000 under a variety of programs, Uni-Select Canada is part of a strong and efficient North American network that has been growing steadily for the past 40 years. The company offers 300,000 top-quality premium brand products for motor vehicles and replacement related parts sourced from recognized suppliers and the company prides itself in its multidisciplinary committed team working at the service of their members and installers on a daily basis.