comment on this article

Communication breakdown

Last week's Anti Counterfeiting Forum, organised by UKEA and The Electronics Component Supply Network (ECSN) highlighted the huge problems of counterfeiting – but ended on an optimistic note.

Counterfeit components cost the UK economy approximately £800million per year, but according to ECSN's chairman, Adam Fletcher, while the problem is being emphasised - both by industry and government - not enough people are yet in 'receive mode'.

Delegates expressed concern at adhering to stringent 'green' directives such as WEEE and RoHS, which too easily become counterproductive. It's an absurd situation. Electronics waste is sent to Asia. Unscrupulous opportunists rip out components. Counterfeits are shabbily constructed on grubby streets. These then find their way back to the UK – usually through the 'grey market'.

And, more worryingly, counterfeit components are now being constructed so well, that many remain undetected by test equipment. If such components end up in medical or aerospace sectors, the results could be catastrophic.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Delegates agreed that strengthening communication along the supply chain and buying components from reputable UK suppliers, will enhance traceability and minimise risk. By joining forces and pushing for tougher legislation, it appears the onus, for now, is on the electronics industry to get the ball rolling.

Chris Shaw

Comment on this article

This material is protected by MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team.

What you think about this article:

Add your comments


Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published.
Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Related Articles

ATEasy 2021 released

Marvin Test Solutions, a provider of test solutions for military, aerospace, ...

Arrow camera modules

Arrow Electronics has introduced a family of plug-and-play camera modules based ...

Early detection

A length-unlimited flexible printed circuit technology is enabling a robust, ...

Smart construction

For an industry that accounts for 6% GDP worldwide, construction players have ...

Get to market faster

A quick look at using Vicor's PFM and AIM in VIA packaging for your AC to Point ...

Digital consciousness

​Would you consider uploading your brain to the cloud if it meant you could ...

Improving cancer care

Mirada Medical’s imaging technology is helping to accelerate cancer care by ...