HANOVER, Germany (Aug. 20, 2009)—Through a tip from a customer, ContiTech A.G. has exposed a Chinese manufacturer that has manufactured thousands of counterfeit drive belts, many of them bearing fake ContiTech labeling, the company has announced.
Chinese authorities raided the headquarters of Taizhou Fuju Rubber Belt Manufacture Co. Ltd. south of Shanghai, according to a ContiTech press release. There, police found and confiscated large stockpiles of fake multiple V-ribbed belts, some bearing ContiTech labeling and some with the designation of an unidentified Japanese auto maker.
“This is a major step in the prosecution of illicit reproduction cases, since it was the first time that we were able to determine the manufacturer directly,” said Helmut Engel, head of the Automotive Aftermarket sector within the ContiTech Power Transmission Group. The company previously busted two distributors of fake ContiTech belts in Malta and Taiwan.
Taizhou Fuju Rubber was fined, though the amount of the fine was not immediately available. Product counterfeiting costs Germany alone more than $21 billion annually, ContiTech said.