Crackdown on Counterfeit Products Intensified War on vs. Pirated Stainless Steel

The country’s top stainless steel manufacturing company yesterday bared the latest development in its active and unrelenting effort to cleanse the Philippine market of “pirated” and substandard materials bearing the company’s product logo being sold by saboteurs.

According to Sanyo Seiki Stainless Steel Corporation, trademark owner of Allegeni Stainless Steel, the courts recently issued warrants of arrest against Jason Go of Everwin Steel & Construction Supply and Ronnie Santiago of Humvee Enterprises, who were found guilty of criminal charges, including Trademark Infringement.

Other individuals facing the same criminal charges for engaging in unfair business practices and competition are Jeffrey Go of New Emerald Home Glass & Aluminum Stainless Supply Inc.; Charlie Angustia of DCA Junkshop & General Merchandise; Rosa Maria Hung of Miarose Trading; Stanley Ang of 69 Stainless Marketing; Jasmine Lee Go of New Springwell Marketing; and Kevin Sy of C.K. Stainless & Steel Supply.

“There will be no letup in our campaign and commitment to ensure that customers only receive and enjoy authentic stainless steel which passed the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International to be of world-class quality,” Sanyo Seiki Stainless Steel Corporation President Gregory Chan said.

ASTM International is a global standards organization founded in 1898 that develops as well as publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems and services, including stainless steel. The organization’s headquarters is in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

Chan warned customers against “fake China-made products” proliferating and destroying the local stainless steel industry.

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“Non-magnetic, but corrosive steel disguised as stainless is now being peddled and sold at low prices by many hardware stores and supply outlets to entice the buying public. This deception must stop because consumers are being victimized and most importantly, public safety is certainly being compromised,” he said.

The warning was given after courts recently issued warrants of arrest versus several traders as part of Sanyo Seiki’s active and unrelenting campaign to ensure that customers receive and enjoy authentic stainless steel which pass the international standards of ASTM.