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Local vendors fight fakes

Counterfeit hardware has long been a problem for IT markets in the Middle East, but action from vendors and industry associations looks set to bring the issue under the spotlight.

Counterfeit hardware has long been a problem for IT markets in the Middle East, but action from vendors and industry associations looks set to bring the issue under the spotlight.The past year has seen fake hardware ranging from peripherals, components and printer cartridges uncovered in the region, but now, with raids conducted in Dubai on behalf of the Imaging Consumable Consortium of Europe (ICCE) and vendors including HP raising awareness to the issue of counterfeit products, the industry is striking back against hardware piracy.With as much as 80% of all printer consumables sold in Egypt and Saudi Arabia being counterfeit, ICCE has decided to step up operations in the Middle East. “ICCE will be far more active in the future in terms of taking direct action,” warns Jag Gill, director of ICCE.

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