Canadian Tire reinforces its commitment to quality management through partnership with Intertek



    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Canadian Tire and Intertek are pleased to
announce that they have recently embarked on a new five year partnership aimed
at significantly enhancing Canadian Tire's quality management strategy.
Intertek, a leading international provider of quality and safety solutions to
a wide range of industries, will provide Canadian Tire with consulting
services in the area of product development and safety solutions to take
quality management at Canadian Tire to a whole new level.
    With more than 21,000 employees located in 110 countries, Intertek is in
an excellent position to leverage its market knowledge and expertise in the
areas of global supplier dynamics, costing trends, and production input trends
to support Canadian Tire's quality management strategy. Canadian Tire, in full
compliance with all applicable government regulations, will work with Intertek
to ensure all new products meet Canadian Tire's strict quality and safety
criteria.
    Paul Yao, executive vice president of Intertek said, "Intertek is honored
to take on the responsibility of supporting Canadian Tire's quality management
strategy. We are confident we will be able to leverage our quality management
experience to support Canadian Tire as it continues to introduce new products
for its customers and are thrilled to embark on such a strategic and unique
partnership as a global service provider."
    "As one of the country's leading retailers, we continue to be focused on
introducing new and innovative products that meet the needs of our customers,"
says Reg McLay, senior vice president, Canadian Tire. "A leader in quality and
safety solutions, Intertek is well-positioned to support us as we continue our
focus on ensuring the products we bring to market meet our strict quality and
safety standards."
    The partnership between Intertek and Canadian Tire is a five year
partnership aimed at significantly enhancing Canadian Tire's current quality
management strategy.

    About Canadian Tire

    Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSX: CTR.NV, CTR) operates an
inter-related network of businesses engaged in retail, financial services and
petroleum. Canadian Tire Retail, with more than 473 stores across Canada, is
the country's most-shopped retailer of Automotive, Sports and Leisure, and
Home Products. www.canadiantire.ca offers Canadians the opportunity to shop
online. PartSource is an automotive parts specialty chain with 74 stores in
Canada. Canadian Tire Financial Services manages related financial products
and services for retail and petroleum customers. Canadian Tire Petroleum is
the country's largest independent retailer of gasoline with more than 266
outlets and pumps the highest gasoline volume per site in the entire Canadian
industry. Mark's Work Wearhouse operates more than 360 stores across Canada
including L'Equipeur stores in Quebec. More than 57,000 Canadians work across
the Canadian Tire organization from coast-to-coast in the corporation's
retail, financial services, petroleum and apparel businesses.

    About Intertek

    Intertek (ITRK.L) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions
serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and
inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people
are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting
their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources
and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than
1,000 laboratories and offices and over 21,000 people in 110 countries around
the world.
    For more information, visit www.intertek.com/consumergoods





For further information:

For further information: Lisa Gibson, Associate Vice President, Canadian
Tire Corporation, Limited, Tel: (416) 544-7655, lisa.gibson@cantire.com; Julie
Naujokas, Communications Manager, Intertek Consumer Goods, Tel: (630)
481-3114, julie.naujokas@intertek.com

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