June 4, 2015
IT-Online reported on Ricoh Europe’s decision to become a member of the ICCE, which was formed in 1997 and includes other OEMs such as Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Kyocera, Lexmark, OKI, Samsung and Xerox. The organisation focuses on the “fight against counterfeiters”, and Ricoh has become the 10th member.
The ICCE stated that Ricoh’s membership “strengthen[s] the consumables industry’s fights against the counterfeiters”, with members able to “effectively fight the counterfeiters […] by working together as part of ICCE”. It added that its aim is to “protect the imaging consumables industry, which is currently threatened by a €1.6 billion ($1.8 billion) market in counterfeit imaging supplies”.
It added that the threats of counterfeit cartridge include that they are “often dangerous, environmentally unfriendly and cheat consumers of the quality they are entitled to expect from genuine branded consumables”.
David Mills, CEO of Ricoh Europe, stated: “This is a really important issue for us. Ricoh is heavily investing in research and development to give our customers the best and most innovative products and technologies to meet the needs of their businesses.
“We have been affected by the illegal counterfeiting of our products and we have always taken a strong stance against this criminal activity. Joining the ICCE will enhance our own anti-counterfeit efforts in EMEA and strengthen the industry’s effectiveness in this fight.”
An ICCE spokesperson added: “We are excited to welcome Ricoh as a member. Working with other brands in the fight against counterfeits is essential in order to maximise effective working with law enforcement and to have a real impact on those making and selling counterfeits.”
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