HP SEIZED 815,000 COUNTERFEIT CTGS IN MIDDLE EAST

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HP SEIZED 815,000 COUNTERFEIT CTGS IN MIDDLE EAST

 user 2009-04-17 at 12:05:07 pm Views: 66
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    http://www.itp.net/news/552814-hp-fights-middle-east-cartridge-counterfeiters-
    HP fights Middle East cartridge counterfeiters
    HP
    has called on the channel to remain alert to the threat of counterfeit
    consumables in the market after revealing that enforcement actions in
    Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia have yielded more than 115,000 fake ink
    cartridges over the last few months.
    The production and resale of
    counterfeit cartridges and components remains a major issue for
    printing vendors in the Middle East and results in millions of dollars
    of lost revenue for authorised channel partners.

    HP seized in
    excess of 700,000 illegitimate cartridges from the Middle East last
    year and a further 90,000 fake boxes and packaging materials
    .In a
    visit to the region this week, Tina Rose, EMEA anti-counterfeit
    programme manager for supplies aftermarket sales at HP, admitted that
    print cartridge counterfeiting was “especially rampant” in the Middle
    East and urged partners to remain vigilant.“Particularly now when times
    are a bit tougher than they were a year ago, which affects their
    businesses, if partners hear about it or see evidence of
    [counterfeiting] themselves they need to contact us by the various
    methods available or contact the HP IPG people here, who can then
    contact us,” she explained.

    Over the past year, HP has carried
    out almost 70 unannounced audits of partner showrooms and warehouses,
    discovering counterfeit items during seven of those. It has also
    conducted 73 investigations in the Middle East and worked with local
    authorities to launch raids on illegal counterfeit logistics operations.