HP warns against UAE counterfeit printers
Dubai, October 17, 2012
US-based information technology company, HP, has announced that its collaboration with UAE law enforcement has led to an important seizure of counterfeit printing supplies destined for HP printers.
In coordinated strikes at three locations in Dubai, UAE authorities confiscated more than 30,000 illegal items from a repeat offender who had resumed his counterfeiting activities more than a year after Emirati officials had raided illicit operations belonging to the same organisation.
The recent raids, which took place in August, recovered finished fake LaserJet print cartridges, fake LaserJet security labels, flat boxes as well as the machinery, spare parts and bags to manufacture illegal printing supplies. Authorities arrested three people.
This is the third police action this year in which UAE officials have disrupted counterfeit operations targeting HP supplies. The total number of such items confiscated in the UAE since 2011 exceeds two million.
“HP extends its most sincere appreciation to the Dubai Police and its pursuit of counterfeiters in the UAE,” said Salim Ziade, general manager, printing and personal systems group, HP Middle East. “We will continue to collaborate with them to protect honest merchants and customers who deserve and expect original product quality and reliability.”
“We’re committed to eliminating counterfeit goods and enhancing Dubai’s reputation as one of the best places to do business in the region,” said Dubai Police.
Original HP supplies distinguish themselves by their superior quality and reliability at competitive prices. Authentic HP LaserJet and HP inkjet print cartridges, unlike counterfeits, benefit from a history of investment and testing to provide superior performance and consistent results.
HP has conducted nearly 1,000 investigations across the EMEA over the last four years, resulting in over 600 enforcement actions (raids and seizures by authorities) and nearly 8 million units of counterfeit products and components seized, thus preventing them from being sold in the EMEA marketplace and beyond.
Through its anti-counterfeiting programme, HP actively educates its customers and partners to be vigilant against fake printing supplies. It also cooperates closely with local and global law enforcement to detect and dismantle illegal operations that produce counterfeit HP printing components. – TradeArabia News Service
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