Lives put at risk by fake equipment warns DuPont
Company receives favourable court decision on counterfeit Nomex goods
DuPont, the multi-national products and services company, has warned that counterfeit protective equipment bearing the company’s Nomex brand and being distributed in the GCC, is putting lives at risk, according to a statement released by the company.
The safety garment manufacturer recently received a provisional decision against a group of textile manufacturers for infringing its trademark rights by distributing Nomex branded garments that did not actually contain genuine Nomex fibers.
The recent decision from The Hague District Court includes provisional orders to immediately cease and desist from infringing DuPont trademarks rights, or penalties from $12,128 (EUR 10,000 to $1.2m (EUR 1m) will be imposed.
“Manufacturers and employers have a responsibility to keep workforces safe at work and in order to stay vigilant, certified goods are of paramount importance,” said Amr El-Moniem, regional manager, MENA, DuPont Protection Technologies.
“DuPont continuously works in collaboration with its partners to ensure the ever-changing needs of the end-user are met and the most up-to-date and customer-focused offering is made available to them.
“The DuPont Nomex label represents how we affirm our status as a provider of quality protective products whilst empowering reputable suppliers do the same and provide genuine, legal goods to the workforce.
“Such initiatives raise the profile of safety in the workplace, which will in turn assist with the demise of counterfeit products,” he added.
According to DuPont, counterfeited products in the Middle East continue to be problem, not only causing economic damage but also posing serious risks to lives and property.
Dubai alone seized $10.9m (AED 40m) worth of fake goods in 2011, involving more than 500 cases, the statement added.
The company also said that concerns over the influx of fake protective equipment are particularly strong as such products could spell the difference between life and death to emergency responders.
Fire-prone regions such as the Middle East have been uncovering the sale of counterfeit items such as gloves, high-visibility vests and heat-resistant clothing, which can be hard to detect by the untrained eye, it added.
DuPont said that certified Nomex fabrics are visible to the end-user through the distinctive Nomex label, which DuPont actively encourages end-users to look out for to ensure compliance, performance and quality of their products.
Nomex garments are designed for use by firefighters and industrial workers, and are highly resistant to UV rays and abrasion.