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ContiTech Takes Action in the Fight Against Fake Drive Belts

Power Transmission Group

July 2011 Fight against pirated copies: ContiTech has pulled off a successful strike against dealer in the United Arab Emirates.

The ContiTech Power Transmission Group has pulled off a successful strike against fake products in the United Arab Emirates. Over 10,000 copied drive belts and packaging items printed with the ContiTech logo were seized on the premises of dealer Asia Tiger Auto Parts LLC and then destroyed. The belts were destined for the spare parts aftermarket. “This is a big catch and a major success in the fight against counterfeit products”, explains Helmut Engel, head of the Automotive Aftermarket business at the ContiTech Power Transmission Group. Proceedings have already been initiated against the company in the Emirate of Sharjah. The producer of the pirated copies could not be traced.

The pirated V-ribbed belts and sleeves were confiscated after a raid by the local police and destroyed with a heavy roller. “The design of the belts and packaging was copied entirely, but with variations”, reports Lars Klostermann from the Technical Service department of the ContiTech Power Transmission Group. In addition to major nonconformances in the material, there were some obvious visible deviations from the genuine product – including the product identification on the belts and the design of the sleeves. Some of the packaging items had the old ContiTech logo on them.

Workshops should procure their goods from official ContiTech partners, the company advises. “This is the only way that customers can be certain that they really are purchasing a belt which has the quality of the ContiTech original,” emphasizes Klostermann. Counterfeit belts do not demonstrate the same quality of material and workmanship as ContiTech drive belts. If a belt tears, this can result in costly engine damage.

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Fake Drive Belts Destroyed

V-ribbed belt in Original Quality from ContiTech.