Steel experts present anti-counterfeit measures to GCC contractors

In an open conference held at ADIPEC 2017, members of the Steel Alliance Against Counterfeiting presented a series of anti-counterfeit measures to regional delegates

SAAC members presented a series of anti-counterfeit measures during an open conference at ADIPEC 2017.
SAAC members presented a series of anti-counterfeit measures during an open conference at ADIPEC 2017.

Members of the Steel Alliance Against Counterfeiting (SAAC) presented a series of anti-counterfeit measures during an open conference at Abu Dhabi Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) 2017.

Those in attendance included engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors, and other stakeholders from the Middle East’s oil and gas industry.

SAAC members explained how they had implemented new anti-counterfeiting measures designed to mitigate the risk of receiving fake products, and conducted training workshops for their introduction.

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A recent study commissioned by SAAC, which comprises 18 manufacturers of steel tubular products, found that 53% of industry professionals in the GCC have personally encountered fake steel products during their day-to-day operations. 79% of respondents supported tighter controls on steel products imported from certain markets.

Speaking at the conference, association members said that they welcomed the announcement of the latest UAE Fire and Life Safety Code, which they described as a crucial step towards increasing quality standards in the safety of building materials, design, and construction, as well regulating the responsibilities of stakeholders during project execution.

SAAC members also applauded the implementation of the GCC Trade Mark Law, which they said would serve to strengthen border protection and offer more stringent sanctions against counterfeiters.

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