Supplier Transparency Clears Counterfeit Fog

Testing to industry standards helps tackle the rise of counterfeits in the supply chain, suggests director of marketing at America II Electronics, Anton Wurr

The long-term damages caused by counterfeit components can be significant, not only compromising performance and safety when components malfunction, but also carrying the potential threat of fatal errors that could disrupt critical functions.

Unsurprisingly, OEMs are wary of rogue suppliers and the numbers prove them right: The European Commission estimated that between seven and ten per cent of the world’s trades involve counterfeits, resulting in an economic damage of €200 to €300 billion per year. The parts are often flawless one-to-one imitations that get distributed worldwide for unbeatable low prices, since counterfeiters save the enormous costs that are usually taken up by R&D.

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