Consumables vendors join forces to tackle counterfeiters

The Imaging Consumables and Coalition of Europe (ICCE) and a number of its member companies from the printing sector are this week holding a series of workshops in Dubai and Sharjah to tackle the issue of counterfeiting. It is the first time that anti-counterfeiting awareness workshops for imaging consumables have been held in the UAE.

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By  Andrew Seymour Published  March 13, 2007

The Imaging Consumables and Coalition of Europe (ICCE) and a number of its member companies from the printing sector are this week holding a series of workshops in Dubai and Sharjah to tackle the issue of counterfeiting. It is the first time that anti-counterfeiting awareness workshops for imaging consumables have been held in the UAE. Despite advances in anti-copying measures, printing products remain highly vulnerable to counterfeiters. According to 2005 research conducted by Cap Ventures, 7% of the US$39.5 billion EMEA imaging consumables market was made up of counterfeit products. Based on that statistic, the value of the counterfeit consumables market alone stands at a whopping US$2.7 billion a year in EMEA. Workshops are being held at a number of venues in the UAE this week with attendance from local authorities such as the police, free zones, ports and customs. Members of the ICCE – an industry body formed 10 years ago to strengthen sanctions against counterfeiting – will be giving presentations and showing participants actual samples of counterfeit and original products. Brother Gulf, a new member to the ICCE, will also be providing checking devices that help authorities determine whether goods are original or imitations. “As a global leader, we aim to generate customers for life and keep them satisfied with our products and maintain our image in a highly competitive market,” said Yoshihisa Tsuji, managing director at Brother Gulf. “Counterfeit products compromise on our stringent quality standards and at the same time cheat our consumers of our high-quality solutions. The decision to join ICCE here in the Middle East is part of our global stance to combat counterfeit products as evidenced by the previous membership of Brother Europe in ICCE. Brother Gulf, together with the coalition’s members, will combat piracy in line with ICCE’s zero tolerance for counterfeit imaging solutions,” concluded Tsuji. Jagdeep Gill, director at ICCE, said: “Counterfeit products violate a manufacturer's intellectual property rights, and in the imaging solutions sector particularly, poses health risks for consumers. For instance, fake inks and toners which are not manufactured to standards can be toxic and dangerous.” He continued: “With the global counterfeit trade value estimated at USD 400 billion, the crime has very serious implications," said “The organisation and its members shall not cease in fighting counterfeit imaging solutions, and conducting workshops on counterfeit detection is one of the initiatives we are undertaking in cooperation with governments across the globe to attain our goal.”

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