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Old 25th June 2014, 21:37   #31
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Default Re: Market for fake auto parts continues to thrive in India

The word 'fake' is used with considerable liberty by ACMS who no doubt represent the views of OEMs. Technically a 'fake' is an illegal reproduction of anything to which you do not have the IPR (intellectual property rights). It has nothing to do with quality. Assuming Tata held IPR to headlamps for its lorries, VW may manufacture a headlamp assembly for the trucks that is 200% better but would still be 'fake'.

In most cases what happens is that third party manufactories make parts for cars that are sold at a price hugely less than the price at which the OEM sells them (while servicing or Over-The-Counter). The OEMs have no exclusive rights to sell this stuff but label the (third-party) ware as "fake" parts which is downright misleading. That's like GlaxoSmithKline labeling the drug 'Calpol' tablets as 'fake crocin'. (Glaxo has no exclusive right to manufacture paracetamol in India - its a generic drug). Same is the case in Computer parts where third party vendors make excellent keyboards, cabinets, mouse, etc. at much lower unit cost than the OEMs with no discernible loss in quality.

OEMs have only themselves to blame for this state of affairs. Take an example of the mirror piece in the ORVM. Recently in Delhi while driving a Honda City ZX the mirror piece (not assembly) fell off (while driving) and broke. The authorised dealer quoted Rs 700 + Rs 400 as installation cost. In a 'grey' car parts market in South Delhi there were basic and premium versions selling for Rs 60 and Rs 170 with Rs 20 installation cost.

I agree that due to the complexity and critical nature of some parts it is better to purchase those from an OEM / Service Centre rather than take the risk of a third party product which may be of inferior build. But a lot of third party parts sold is not only legal but approximately of tolerable quality as well.

Once the 'warranty' period of new cars is over, there do not seem to be any compelling reason to run to the OEM for replacements other than core / critical parts where the risk of failure is too high to trust a spare.

Under such circumstances there is no case for using 'original' parts 'all the time.
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Default Mahindra & Mahindra raids auto part makers to counter duplicate spares!

Mahindra & Mahindra, India's topmost vehicle major, conducted a series of raids together with the police across six auto spare-part makers in northern India and seized more than a thousand counterfeit spare-parts from them.


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The company seized more than a thousand items from raids conducted jointly with the police at shops, traders, packing and manufacturing units in northern India, Mahindra said in a statement on Thursday.

The parts most commonly duplicated include air filters, oil filters, pressure plates and clutch plates, Mahindra said. Counterfeit packaging and labels were also found.
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Default Tata Motors conducts raids against counterfeit spare manufacturers!

Domestic auto major Tata Motors has aggressively continued it's 2013-14 campaign against counterfeit spare parts by conducting raids at 19 different locations across the country in the past 6 months.

Successful raids were conducted in major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Vijaywada, and a number of small towns by Tata Motors' legal team and their spare parts department along with the company's raid agencies, who identified five manufacturers of Tata Motors counterfeit parts, packaging materials and stickers.

FIRs have been issued in all these cases.

Sanjeev Garg, VP & Global Head of Customer Care, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors:

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"The use of spurious parts poses a safety risk to consumers and to all those around. Easily available spurious parts like clutch parts, filters, gear box parts not only affect the aggregate life but is also a major threat to everyone around and one of the biggest reasons for road accidents.

We at Tata Motors strongly believe in educating the customers on how to identify spurious parts and the advantages of using original ones, to curb all sorts of hazards. At Tata Motors we conduct many awareness programs like mechanic meets, retailer meets and campaigns to identify Tata Genuine Parts. Over 300 programs and 7000 individuals have been covered so far
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Tata Motors is committed to safeguard its end user from being misled with counterfeit, duplicate, imitated or fake parts and would continue its action against proliferation of these parts in the market."
To help it's customers to identify genuine spare parts, the Tata Motors Genuine Parts division has launched a series of pilfer-proof plastic packaging for Gear and Differential Parts, laser markings with the Tata Logo, a slew of security enriched packaging stickers and labels, and the Tata Dhaal hologram on the packaging, as different identification aids for it's officially certified spare parts.

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The 19 offenders who are guilty of selling counterfeit spares for Tata vehicles:

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Police raids were conducted at over 100 different shops across the country for selling counterfeit spare parts after they were tipped off by agents from Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M), and spare parts and engine maker Greaves Cotton (GC).

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Manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) and spare parts and engine maker Greaves Cotton (GC) sent decoy customers to different shops selling spare parts. These customers collected the samples, which were later tested by the officials of both the companies. Based on the results, they lodged complaints with the police.

The company said it has unearthed over 516 spurious auto parts during its recent raid at a manufacturing unit in Pune alone. The company also conducted similar raids in Kolkata, Bhopal and Delhi over the past few months and in each of these instances recovered anywhere between 100-150 fake auto parts.

M&M said that over a period of 17 months, the company has conducted 38 "successful" raids across the country. In each of these instances, the company confiscated sample auto parts worth Rs 1-1.5 lakh. "The actual worth could be 10-15 times the confiscated value," said Bharatendu Kapoor, senior vice-president and head of spares business unit, M&M Ltd.

It is estimated that spurious parts reportedly make up a fourth of the Rs 45,000 crore auto component market.
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