Counterfeiters don’t have the same interest in quality as the OEM’s and they aren’t forced to undergo the testing and validation that the vehicle manufacturers impose on their OEM partners. So while the knockoff might fit ok and look the part it may not perform to the standard of the original OEM component. In a truck travelling at a 100 kms and with a GVM of 60,000 kgs … counterfeiting becomes a road safety issue.
Leaving aside the potential safety issues, consider the costs and inconvenience of a truck parked up on the side of the road due to component failure. Our fleet customers tell us the minimum cost of an on-highway breakdown is $2500 and the average around $5000 per incident.
And consider the view of an owner-driver or fleet operator who has unknowingly fitted, or had fitted, a counterfeit component to his truck.
I experienced this first hand last week. We manufacture the starter motor fitted OE on a popular make of prime mover. When a major fleet in Darwin had a failure of a recently replaced starter they gave me a buzz to share their displeasure and organise a replacement. The first thing we did was get a new starter on the truck. The second thing we did was arrange to get the failed starter back for a complete failure analysis.
The product that turned up looked the same and was sporting the OE packaging but key components had been substituted with cheap copies.
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