In conjunction with law enforcement agencies, HP has severely dented the operations of local counterfeiters with the seizure of more than 3 200 fake laser print cartridges.

The police action in saw authorities raid the offices and warehouses of three companies. In addition to the illegal cartridges, police confiscated documents and other valuable intelligence that they say will lead to additional anti-counterfeit actions.

The blow to the counterfeiting network, which had imported fake goods from China via Durban, is expected to reduce the level of counterfeit products being distributed in the region.

“HP appreciates the strong co-operation of South African law enforcement to help protect our customers from the inferior standards and potential risks of counterfeits,” says Fabrice Campoy, GM for HP IPG in South Africa. “People who buy counterfeit print cartridges and other fake merchandise believe mistakenly that they’re receiving original products, and they deserve the high quality and performance for which they’re paying.”

Over the last four years, HP has assisted in the seizure of nearly 9-million pieces of fake printing supplies products and components in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Through its Anti-counterfeiting Programme, HP actively educates its customers and partners to be vigilant against fake printing supplies. It also co-operates closely with local and global law enforcement to detect and dismantle illegal operations that produce counterfeit HP printing components.

Globally, HP has conducted nearly 5 000 investigations in almost 90 countries over the last four years, resulting in the seizure of more than 30-million units of counterfeit cartridges and components over this same time period.