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Steel producers ready for fight against fake products within industry

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Producers of steel pipes, fittings and flanges met in Dusseldorf on the &th April 2016 to discuss the problem of steel products counterfeiting. The ultimate goal of the meeting is to develop a joint plan of action to withstand unfair competition which causes crucial risks for industry and society. The meeting was organized as part of the Fight Fake Products Initiative, established in December 2015.

During the meeting, members shared plans to establish an official entity representing the interests of Initiative members. Participants also discussed cases of fake products and the scope of legal actions to defend trademarks.

Carlo Farina, Managing Director, Friedrich Geldbach, Gmbh:

“Today is the very first time that so many key suppliers have raised their voices as one, the first time that evidence about counterfeiting and forgery has been brought so openly and so directly to the public.

The main goal of creating the Fight Fake Products Initiative is to act as a strong, coherent voice for

European industry in the fight against the manufacture, distribution and sale of counterfeit products.”

Anaïs EIDEN, Group Senior Legal Manager, Intellectual Property and R&D, Vallourec:

“The use of counterfeited products creates significant risks for our industry. It is not just about loss of profit and reputation. Use of faked products can cause serious environmental problems. Vallourec strongly supports Fight Fake Products Initiatives as an effective way to manage the risks of the business.”

Andrey Burtsev, Vice-President of sales, Interpipe:

“Counterfeiting of steel is growing, particularly in the Middle East. The use of fake steel here creates major safety concerns. Pipe products and accessories are widely used in civil engineering in the region. Counterfeiters copy certificates and production documents, but they can’t copy quality. As a part of this initiative, we should further work with suppliers, authorities and governments to make this market fairer, safer and more competitive.”

Michael Kremmel, Sales director for the Middle East and Asia, Erne Fittings

“We are aiming to make customers, legal authorities and governments aware of this malpractice. If they are aware, they can face it and react accordingly. On a day-to-day basis, producers are checking certificates and verifying documents. But this is not enough. As an organized group we will be in the position to address these cases by any means.”

Companies – members of Fight Fake Products Initiative

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