Machinery and Spare Parts
With counterfeit machinery, as well as with the “production” of all the other sorts of counterfeit products, counterfeiters attempt to invest as little as possible to manufacture a product similar to a genuine product sold well on the market, i.e. to mark it with a trademark enjoying reputation or popularity with consumers. Therefore, as a rule, it is quality that is sacrificed in counterfeit products, and consequently, such products most frequently do not meet basic technical requirements, often break down and pose a potential danger when being handled.
Counterfeit machinery generally does not meet prescribed technical requirements and has not undergone a mandatory procedure of conformity assessment. Testing of counterfeit machinery has shown that these products are most often manufactured from poor quality material, that they are not equally lasting and solid as the original ones, and that they cannot endure even common workload when being applied according to their purpose. Most often, it is power-operated or electrical tools like motor chainsaws or boring machines that are being counterfeited.
Counterfeit spare parts also pose a danger to the safety of citizens; even when installed in original
products, they can not only damage or destroy a machine but cause injury or death to a machine
Counterfeiting in the field of trading in car spare parts represents not only a part of disorganized market of spare parts but a serious problem or danger for end customers. Counterfeit spare parts are being traded on a grey market, together with recycled parts, the parts obtained from scrap and stolen parts, which makes it even more difficult to determine if it is a matter of a legal or an illegal product being sold. It is counterfeit car parts that are especially dangerous (e.g. brake discs) because they substantially reduce safety features of a vehicle, and accidents thus caused can incur significant material damage and be fatal for participants in traffic.