Hanover, Germany -- ContiTech has won its court case in Taiwan against a Taiwanese trader and a general importer in the fight against counterfeit goods.
The defendants were told to pay damages to Conti on the grounds that 4500 counterfeit V-ribbed belts and about 13 000 empty, fake ContiTech packages were seized from their garage.
The sum of the damages was undisclosed, but Conti did say that it would equal the value of the counterfeit goods. The fake belts were discovered when one of Conti's customers was offered the products in Taiwan.
â€œThis win sends out a grave signal to the market and to counterfeiters,â€ said JÃ¼rgen Grefe, area sales manager Asia, for the Automotive Aftermarket at the ContiTech Power Transmission Group, in a 3 Aug statement. â€œWhenever we find any counterfeit belts, vendors must be aware that the goods will be seized and legal action taken,â€ he added.
The manufacturer of the counterfeit products is, however, unknown. It is assumed that the goods, which came to Taiwan via Malaysia and Singapore, originate from China.
ContiTech is warning users not to buy the counterfeit products, as the company believes that they do not demonstrate the same quality as the originals, and the consequences could be severe.
â€œWe will continue to pursue and act on any information regarding counterfeit products,â€ said Grefe.ss
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Press release from ContiTech