(From the April 2, 2012, issue of Rubber & Plastics News)
PIQUA, Ohio—French Oil Mill Machinery Co. said it has no business relationship with competitor Dalian Tiansheng General Machinery Co. Ltd., and wants the Chinese company to quit implying it does.
The Piqua-based maker of synthetic rubber dewatering and drying equipment said it has asked Dalian Tiansheng to quit using brochures that contain photos of employees of the U.S. firm visiting the Chinese company.
Dalian Tiansheng's “use of photos of our employees in their company brochures is absolutely unauthorized, and falsely implies a relationship with our company, which does not exist,” Daniel P. French, chairman of the family-owned business, said in a statement. Its efforts “to take advantage of the French name and business reputation will not be tolerated.”
Attempts to reach Dalian Tiansheng for comment were unsuccessful.
French Oil Mill representatives—including Daniel French—in the past met with counterparts from Dalian Tiansheng to discuss the possibility of doing business with the Dalian, China-based company, according to Tayte Lutz, marketing coordinator for French Oil Mill.
“They took photos of us in their plant, and are using these photos,” she said.
French Oil Mill has asked on more than one occasion that Dalian Tiansheng quit using the brochures that contain the photos, Lutz said, and was assured that their distribution would stop.
However, French Oil Mill salesmen still have come across the brochures at various industry events, she said.
Dalian Tiansheng markets various equipment for synthetic rubber production, including drying and dewatering machinery and related equipment. Its factory is in the Tangli Industrial park in Dalian, and the company's parent is Qingdao Mesnac Co. Ltd., a producer of machinery and software centering on tire production.
Besides serving SR producers, French Oil Mill—founded in 1900 by Daniel French's grandfather—also designs and makes process equipment for the molding, oilseed and pulping industries. The company has a presence in China with its FOM (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. operation in Shanghai, which serves China's oilseed and polymer processing markets.
Lutz said the company's legal team is involved in its effort to get Dalian Tiansheng to respond to its complaint.
“No one wants legal action,” she said, and the hope of French Oil Mill management is that publicizing the situation will bring its resolution.