Enviro Tech International, Inc., has announced it is taking action on a number of fronts against counterfeit products and the organizations that manufacture and distribute them in Asian countries. One particular case involves a company called Enviro Tech (Asia) International Trading which has been actively promoting counterfeit EnSolv brand nPB solvents in the Philippines and through sub-distributors throughout Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and others.
Karl Loepke ([email protected]), Vice President of Enviro Tech International, Inc. (ETI) explains why ETI is taking these occurrences seriously and what steps it is taking to ensure customers are protected from this sub-standard and unapproved product. “We take this situation extremely seriously. ETI is actively pursuing all organizations and individuals that try to infringe on our IP (Intellectual Property) in order to protect not only customers but also the quality and reputation of our company and our products.”
“To this end we are actively searching for these companies and individuals as well as developing local distribution to support customers using products purported to be of our brand, EnSolv.”
If you suspect something is not right with your supplier or you are buying EnSolv branded product from a supplier that is listed below, please contact ETI immediately at [email protected] or 1-708-343-6641 to determine who is the authorized supplier in your region.
Additional information on counterfeiting in general
Source: This is an excerpt from an article originally published in an issue of the China Business Review.
How counterfeiters operate
Counterfeiters worldwide use increasingly sophisticated methods to avoid detection by rights holders and law enforcement bodies. Even if detected, their operating methods are designed to minimize potential penalties.
Counterfeiters frequently use front companies or front men to register companies that produce counterfeits. This makes it difficult to identify the true players behind a counterfeit operation and make them liable for their unlawful acts. Furthermore, company production and sales records do not indicate that counterfeits are being produced and sold; rather, model numbers and code words are used. Even if a rights holder obtains these records as part of an investigation or raid action, they can be difficult to use unless the meaning of the model numbers and code words can be explained satisfactorily to a court.
Like all good modern businesses, counterfeiters use just-in-time production and rarely keep inventories to reduce carrying costs and the risk of seizure. They produce only to order, making it difficult to seize large volumes of counterfeit products. If counterfeiters do keep stock, they usually keep it separate from manufacturing facilities in a secret location leased in the name of a front company, making it difficult to link to the counterfeiter. Rights holders can find these locations only after in-depth investigation.
The more sophisticated counterfeiters will not make products themselves. Instead, they use separate subcontractors to make different parts of the counterfeit goods, which are then assembled by another subcontractor.
Sales and distribution
To avoid detection by investigators, counterfeiters do not provide samples to prospective “buyers” and will refuse to deal with potential customers who do not make a substantial purchase. This can make it difficult and expensive to confirm whether counterfeiting activities are occurring. To mount any type of civil or criminal case, it is generally necessary to have a sample of the counterfeit product.
Even if a counterfeiter accepts an order, the main players behind counterfeiting rarely take delivery of counterfeit products themselves. Instead, products are shipped directly from sub-contractors to freight forwarders. Payment for counterfeits is usually made to entities separate from the production and sales companies. This can make it difficult to tie the counterfeiter directly to seized products, hindering criminal prosecution.
Finally, sophisticated counterfeiters will often buy genuine products on the gray market and mix them with counterfeit products. This can make criminal prosecution difficult because in most criminal justice systems, defendants can avoid criminal liability if they can show that they have been innocently caught up in counterfeiting activities. Those found in possession of mixed products can simply claim that they have been duped and that they checked the products, which appeared to be genuine.
Wall of Shame – Unauthorized Distributors in Asia (December 2014)
Envirotech (Asia) International Trading
Unit 113 Humana Wellness Center Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road
Santa Rosa City, 4026 Laguna
PT. Alifindo Mitra Bersama
Jl. Celebration Boulevard Block AA05 No. 9
Bekasi Jawa Barat
Metalcool Pte Ltd
48 Toh Guan Road East
#03-154 Enterprise Hub
Tel: (+65)6355 8486
LEC THAILAND CO., LTD.
8/13 Moo 8 , Nuanchan Rd.
Bangkok 10230 Thailand
Access Chemical (S) Pte Ltd
Blk 1 Yishun Street 23
Tel: +65 67582429
Fax: +65 64843708
Email: [email protected]