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Fake Vehicle Parts Are on the Rise

States News Service

July 26, 2018

New government guidance warns of the dangers fake vehicle parts can have to drivers, passengers and road users.


The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has issued new guidance as part of a cross-government and industry campaign. The campaign warns consumers of the serious dangers of fake car parts.


The amount of fake vehicle parts available on the market is on the rise. The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) estimated that more than 2 billion is lost every year due to counterfeit tires and batteries alone.


The most common fake vehicle parts worldwide include filters, brake pads, lights, wheel rims and air bags. As shown by BMW, many of these parts have direct safety implications and, if they fail, can lead to serious accidents.


To help combat this problem, the IPO joined forces with the auto industry and trading platforms and other parts of government. Together they have launched a campaign to warn consumers about the dangers of fake vehicle parts. The collaboration has led to the IPO issuing new guidance. The guidance gives tips on how to avoid buying fake parts when shopping online and on the high street.


The collaboration is the most extensive of its kind to tackle fakes and includes:

  • Audi.
  • BMW.
  • Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF).
  • Manufacturers Against Product Piracy (MAPP).
  • TecAlliance.
  • Independent Garage Association (IGA).
  • Amazon.
  • eBay.
  • Trading Standards.
  • Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).
  • M-Sport
  • Motor Sport Association UK (MSA).
  • International Automobile Federation (FIA).
  • NGK Spark Plugs.
  • TMD Friction and Phillips.


PIPCU, which is run by the City of London Police, fights against these types of crimes. In February 2018, Robert Czernik was investigated and sentenced to two counts under Section 92 of the Trade Marks Act for selling fake airbags. He received five months in prison for each count to run concurrently, suspended for 12 months.


The Audi Brand Protection Team said:


Identifying counterfeits has proven to be a real challenge. The sellers websites are becoming more and more professional, appearing legitimate to many buyers at first glance. But there are some clues that give counterfeiters away and should put buyers on alert, such as a comparatively cheap price or a typo appearing on the spare part or in the description.


The counterfeiters arent choosy when it comes to selecting fakes. According to our investigations, a large number of spare parts are counterfeited in the automotive business. These include service-relevant components, such as oil filters or air filters, crash-relevant components such as bumpers, radiator grille or bodywork, but also safety-relevant parts such as suspension arms, exhaust systems or brake linings.


Spare parts produced using inferior materials clearly pose high risks for Audi consumers. We are pleased to be part of this campaign to warn and protect our customers.


Dr. Ros Lynch, Director of Copyright and Enforcement at the IPO said:


Its clear counterfeit vehicle parts can pose a serious risk to drivers, passengers and other road users, with potentially life-threatening results. Criminals who produce counterfeit vehicle parts have no concerns about public safety and they use this as an opportunity to profit at the expense of others.


We are committed to protecting the public from these dangers. This collaboration between government, industry and law enforcement offers us an opportunity to raise awareness, change consumer behavior and remove these dangerous products from the market.


Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Nick Court of the City of London Polices Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) said:


Counterfeit car parts increase the risk of people experiencing a serious injury. Its essential that car owners and those who work in this industry are made aware of the signs to look out for and the risks.


The City of London Police is at forefront of fighting this type of crime and offering the public advice on how to avoid falling victim.


Notes to editors


The UK Intellectual Property Office is responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom, including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright.


The European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) study that estimated more than 2 billion is lost every year due to counterfeit tires and batteries is available on the EUIPO website.


The new guidance available on fake vehicle parts.


The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit is a department of the City of London Police. It was established in 2013 with the responsibility to investigate and deter serious and organized intellectual property crime in the UK. The unit is funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office.


A press release by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit gives details about the investigation of Robert Czernik under Section 92 of the Trade Marks Act for selling fake airbags.


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Adidas Designs Running Shoes Made With Plastic Rubbish from Oceans

ABC Premium News (Australia)

July 26, 2018

By Hannah Walmsley


Up to 12.7 million tons of plastic waste is washed into the ocean each year.


Thats revolting.


And while the onus is on each of us to reduce our single-use plastic habits, global manufacturing giant Adidas has been working on a new clean-up approach.


From company headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, Mattias Amm has led the charge to develop a footwear range with recycled marine plastic.


Weve been on a long journey in partnership with Parley for the Oceans, he said.


Environmental organization Parley works to address major threats to the oceans, and its inspired Adidas to develop new manufacturing methods to make use of coastline plastic waste.


Together weve made a process to replace virgin plastic yarn with ocean plastic yarn, Mr. Amm said.


We discovered that most of our consumers had no clue about how bad the marine plastics problem is globally.


Rethinking the supply chain


From Parleys waste collection stations, semi-compressed blocks of plastic bottles are shipped to a factory in Taiwan.


Parleys main collection point at the moment is in the Maldives and thats where were sourcing the bottles from, Mr. Amm said.


From there the bottles are shipped to Taiwan where they are shredded into small flakes.


Those flakes are then cleaned and partially melted so they become small pellets, and then the pellets are extruded into a yarn.


The yarn is then supplied to Adidas manufacturing bases around the world.


And while the process has undergone various stages of refinement, Mr. Amm said it was a process that could be replicated by manufacturers all over the globe.


The [marine waste] problem is so big and we cant solve it alone, so if we can get more brands involved we can start fighting it, he said.


We started with just one [recycled plastic] shoe and now we want to make five million pairs.


For each pair of the shoes, 11 recycled plastic bottles have been usedsome more, some less, depending on the shoe size.


Enough waste for everyone


Mr. Amm said the recycled plastic yarn had been used to make apparel as well as shoes.


Once you get the yarn, its basically the same process from there as it would be when working with virgin plastic, Mr. Amm said.


Its not 100% the same because it behaves slightly differently; the main difference is the stretch properties of the yarn.


So weve re-engineered the knitting program to make sure there is the same experience with the product at the end.


One of the range of Manchester United jerseys was made with Parley ocean plastics, similar to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich jerseys.


They had one of their away jerseys made out of recycled plastics.


Mr. Amm said there was more than enough waste in the ocean to go around.


We are just part of the fight to prevent marine plastic pollution.


Original headline: Running shoes made with plastic rubbish from oceans is latest front in war on waste


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Businesses Expect Industrial IoT to Boost Their Revenues by $154 Million, Finds Inmarsat Study

Contify Telecom News

July 25, 2018

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is set to make a sizeable contribution to the global economy by 2023. This is according to a new global study launched Tuesday by Inmarsat, the worlds leading mobile satellite communications company, which found that organizations across the global supply chain expect IIoT to be increasing their annual revenues by 10% within five years.


The IIoT is set to revolutionize how businesses function in the next few years. There will be significantly increased automation and operational efficiency through the use of real time data and machine-to-machine communication right across the planet. Access to reliable and resilient connectivity, particularly in remote regions or at sea, where terrestrial networks are not available but satellite communications are available, will be essential to the success of many IIoT deployments.


These latest results have emerged from the 2018 edition of Inmarsats research program into IIoT trendsIIoT on Land and at Seafor which market research specialist Vanson Bourne surveyed 750 businesses with a combined turnover of $1.16 trillion from across the globe. Respondents were drawn from a wide range of industries, including the agriculture, energy, maritime, mining and transport sectors.


Commenting on the findings, Paul Gudonis, President, Inmarsat Enterprise, said: IIoT is emerging as a major force in the modern enterprise and its clear that businesses are prioritizing satellite technology to transform their operations and achieve competitive advantage. Data generated by IIoT infrastructure is expected particularly to bring greater transparency to the global supply chain, allowing businesses to automate processes, reduce operational waste and speed up rate of production, leading to higher revenues and lower costs.


However, many businesses are struggling with security, skills and connectivity challenges in large scale IIoT deployments. Over half (56%) require additional cyber-security skills and 34% dont yet have access to the connectivity they need. For global businesses that require a global communications network, satellite connectivity will play a key role, guaranteeing constant secure data transmission wherever their IIoT infrastructure is located, he concluded.


Inmarsat is the leading provider of mobile satellite connectivity to IIoT deployments across the global supply chain. Its services enable end-to-end transparency across the production, extraction, manufacture and multi-modal transportation of goods, delivering operational efficiencies to organizations from the agriculture, energy, maritime, mining and transport sectors.


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Yelp Will Roll Out Restaurant Hygiene Scores in the U.S.

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July 25, 2018

By Kaya Yurieff


The last thing anyone booking a dinner reservation wants to do is eat at a dirty restaurant. Yelp understands that, and is making it easy to find out whether that fun new tapas joint got a clean bill of health in its last inspection.


Beginning Tuesday, Yelp will provide hygiene scores for restaurants in New York, California, Texas, Illinois, and Washington, DC. The company plans to continue rolling out the feature in the months to come, eventually covering 750,000 restaurants in large metropolitan areas throughout the country.


Although health inspection reports arent a secret, finding them can be a hassle. Theyre often posted deep within a municipal government website, or taped up in a corner of the restaurant. The idea here is to take this information living on clunky dot-gov websites and put it inside Yelp where youre probably already trying figure out where to go eat, and see it in the context of that decision, Luther Lowe, the companys senior VP of public policy, told CNNMoney.


To make that happen, Yelp worked with city governments to create an open data standard called the Local Inspector Value-Entry Specification (LIVES). LIVES allows cities to post hygiene inspection reports on the platform. The idea behind it is to spur local governments to standardize data to put it in a format thats digestible for consumers, Lowe said.


But even that can take a long time, and not every city provided info. So Yelp augments its data set with help from HDScores, a startup that aggregates, processes, and distributes restaurant inspection data from public and private sources.


Yelp started displaying hygiene inspection scores for restaurants in its hometown of San Francisco back in 2013. Robert Scharff, an associate professor at Ohio State University who studies the economics of food safety, said Yelps effort could help consumers make better decisions about where to dine.


Youve been able to get some of that information when you show up at the restaurant, he said. But the problem is that once you get there, youve already kind of made your decision and youre very unlikely to change your mind. Yelp allows them to see that information before theyve decided where to eat.


Scharff said Yelps move creates an additional incentive for restaurants to make sure theyre following best practices and keeping things tidy. But Yelp could do more to help consumers by providing additional context on what a good or bad score means, he said.


The challenge there, though, lies in the fact that health inspections vary from city to city and state to state, and can be influenced by the person performing the inspection, said food safety expert Jeff Nelken.


The system has to have some sort of oversight to keep everybody honest, he said.


Lowe concedes theres room for improvement, and its scores wont necessarily provide an apples-to-apples comparison. But its a start.


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