Egham, 1 June 2015 – Counterfeit OKI printer consumables with a market value of more than €250,000 in a raid in Turkey. Conducted in May, the OKI Europe-led sting followed months of intelligence-gathering and resulted in the confiscation of substantial quantities of fake finished goods and component parts for colour toners and ribbons.
The operation was carried out in conjunction with other printer manufacturers, all of which are members of the Imaging Consumables Coalition of Europe, Middle East and Africa (ICCE) group. As a result, counterfeit goods of seven members were successfully confiscated.
The raid is the second in Turkey led by OKI and follows last year’s successful seizure of a one-million-Euro haul of counterfeit OKI printer consumables. These enforcement actions demonstrate that OKI will not hesitate to pursue anyone responsible for counterfeiting its products.
Counterfeiting is an increasing problem around the world, affecting all industry sectors. Many counterfeit goods with convincing packaging are being sold to unaware customers often at the full recommended retail price. These fake goods are frequently of poor quality resulting in reduced print quality as well as having a detrimental impact on the performance and life of a printer.
To avoid inadvertently purchasing counterfeit products, OKI advises customers to buy Original OKI Consumables through an authorised OKI reseller.
OKI Europe Ltd is a division of OKI Data Corporation, a global business-to-business organisation dedicated to creating professional in-house printed communications products, applications and services which are designed to increase the efficiency of today’s and tomorrow’s businesses.
The company is well-established as one of Europe’s leading printer brands, in terms of value and units shipped. OKI Europe’s award-winning product portfolio comprises six distinct segments: colour and mono printers, multifunctional devices, which combine printing, copying, scanning and faxing functionalities, as well as Serial Dot Matrix printers, faxes and specialty printers for point-of-sales and manufacturing. Established in 1990, today OKI Europe employs approximately 1,100 people in 21 production sites and sales offices and is represented in 60 countries throughout the EMEA region.
OKI Data Corporation is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd., established in 1881 and Japan’s first telecommunications manufacturer.
OKI Middle East, India & Africa is a branch office of OKI Europe and is based in Dubai Airport Free Zone.
The Imaging Consumables Coalition of Europe, Middle East and Africa (ICCE) is a non-profit making association.
ICCE was formed in 1997 and initially created as an industry association with a focus on education and lobbying. It has since developed to include co-ordinating intelligence information, initiating joint industry raids and helping its member’s to pursue counterfeiters through the criminal and civil courts.
OKI Europe Ltd (Middle East, India and North Africa):
Akanksha.Seth@okieurope.com , +971 4 6091699
Reji.Mathews@okieurope.com, +971 4 6091698