Counterfeit TEAC drives hit market

TEAC is the latest manufacturer to be hit by hardware counterfeiting, as the company reveals copies of its floppy drives are in circulation in Europe and the Middle East

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By  Mark Sutton Published  September 16, 2002

IT component manufacturer TEAC has disclosed that illegal copies of some of its products are on the market in Europe and the Middle East. The Germany-based manufacturer has announced that it is having considerable problems with copies of its FD-235HF floppy disc drives, which have been in circulation for some time.

The company is now releasing information on the counterfeit drives in an effort to help resellers and customers to identify fake products from the original. TEAC is also working to combat the counterfeiters, according to Michael Schweigart, marketing and sales manager, TEAC Europe.

“TEAC has already commenced investigations,” Schweigart stated. “We will stay on the track of the product pirates and treat the matter with the highest priority. TEAC stands for its good name, long years of experience, quality and tradition. We will therefore ensure that the product pirates are prosecuted. In addition, we will label our products more lavishly in future in order to prevent this form of white collar crime.”

Middle East distributor SMB Computers says that it is also aware of the problem in the region. As a quality brand name, TEAC has been targeted by pirates, which is causing some concern. “TEAC is known for its brand,” said Seyed Ibrahim Bukhary, director of SMB, “we have good sales with TEAC, but they have been affected, as it is difficult to compete with the fake drives. We are considering what action to take.”

TEAC has released a list details that distinguish counterfeit products from the real item, including:

[b]Light grey colour front panel (original is beige)
TEAC logo in relief on front panel (no logo on original)
Rear panel has a six-sided-motor casing and fake type plate
Underside has fewer holes
Upperside has no CE quality seal
Green label on upperside (original is yellow)
The drive interior has a simple lever mechanism visible, and may also exhibit heavy soiling[/b]

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