Raid on a Counterfeit Audio Manufacturer Impacts Yamaha, Harman and Others

Shure reports audio products claiming to be Harman, Yamaha, Sennheiser, and Shure were seized in a Chinese manufacturing plant raid last year.

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A police raid on a Chinese manufacturing facility last fall will result in criminal prosecution of a counterfeit audio products operation, according to Shure.

The raid on Enping Soundpu Electronics Equipment — also operating under Voxpu Electronics Equipment — took place in October 2018 and was accomplished with close cooperation with the Enping Public Security Bureau (PSB) and Enping Administration of Industry and Commerce (AIC).

Shure says the targeted factory is a repeat offender and known counterfeiter to the Enping enforcement authorities.

Soundpu was fined in August 2018 by the Enping AIC after counterfeit Shure wireless microphones were found at Soundpu’s factory premises during a routine market investigation carried out in April 2018.

Other Affected Companies

In addition to Shure, Sennheiser, Yamaha, and Harman were impacted by the action. Among the goods seized were counterfeit audio products like wireless microphones and receivers, consoles, amplifiers, and processors.

Shure has taken steps to initiate a criminal prosecution against the owner and managers of Soundpu.

“Counterfeiting is an ongoing problem for the audio industry, and we remain vigilant in our anti-counterfeiting efforts,” says Chris Schyvinck, Shure president and CEO.

“Shure is deeply committed to protecting our valued customers from low-quality counterfeits and ensuring that our customers experience only the quality of a genuine Shure product every time they purchase a product bearing the Shure name.”

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“Yamaha has long taken various measures against counterfeit products such as civil actions, police raids, suspensions from customs and placed enlightening advertisements globally, particularly in China,” says Takuya Nakata, president and representative executive officer of Yamaha Corporation.

“We have done so because we firmly believe that these activities will not only protect our valued customers and end users from low-quality counterfeits but also lead to an improvement of reliability and trust in our brands.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work together with Shure, Sennheiser and Harman in order to accelerate such activities.”

This article originally appeared on our sister publication Commercial Integrator's website.