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The automotive sector faces a higher risk of seeing counterfeit components enter the supply-chain due to the coronavirus lockdown, according to a report in Engineering News.

The article, which discusses the impact on the South African automotive sector, says the lockdown has both restricted the supply of genuine parts and limited the enforcement of anti-counterfeit laws, which has facilitated fake parts entering the market.

Astute’s Marketing & Sales Director, Mark Shanley, is a guest speaker at the forthcoming Anti-Counterfeiting Webinar – 24 Feb, 14:00

Get tickets HERE for the seminar to hear about the threat of counterfeit

The shutting down of points of entry including ports and border crossings has limited the flow of required, genuine, imported products and led to a reliance on the use of counterfeit products, reports Engineering News. Further, the advent of electronic commerce has increased the sales of counterfeit components sold online.

Using counterfeit automotive parts poses a number of risks, one of which is a safety risk, such as a counterfeit component causing an automotive vehicle to crash or break down, says the report.

‘With current volatility in the component supply chain, extended lead-times and rapid obsolescence cycles, it’s even more important to be aware of the threats’, says Mark Shanley, Astute’s Sales and Marketing Director. Mark has been at the forefront of Astute’s counterfeit avoidance efforts for 25 years. He will be a guest speaker at the first of a series of Anti-Counterfeiting Webinars organised by the Anti-Counterfeiting Forum on Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 14:00 – 15:45 GMT. Get tickets for the seminar to hear Mark speak about current threats and developments.

For further advice on de-risking your supply chain, Astute Electronics offer very reliable on-site labs for carrying out a range of destructive and non-destructive counterfeit testing, as shown here:

Astute is a highly accredited, quality-driven procurement expert, with a list of clients that includes the world’s leading defence suppliers. Our mission is to shield you against inferior quality products and services. As such, our operations are run in accordance with quality processes including AS6081 that mitigates the risks of purchasing and supplying fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts.

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