Great news!!! Reported counterfeit electronic components were down for 2017. One might think that with the ramp up of the shortage even more counterfeits would be discovered, but exactly the opposite has occurred. Some speculations for this decrease are;
- More counterfeit avoidance is being done in the purchasing process. Weary buyers have likely been more selective who they are ordering from.
- Government seizures of counterfeit product have potentially caused some international suppliers to give up trying to ship to the U.S.
- Increased awareness and detection techniques may have stifled sellers attempts to pass counterfeits through previously naïve buyers, causing sellers to give up trying.
The report at this link only has data up to 2017, but our organization has noticed a decrease in received counterfeits this year as well. We will have to wait another few months to get ERAI’s final 2018 numbers, but we predict there will not be an increase over 2017.
ERAI, which was originally created to serve electronic distributors with collection and reporting needs, has been collecting reports of counterfeits for over a decade. They have branched out from accepting reports from distributors only to manufacturers and government as well. Their database is by far the largest in the industry. The database is only available by membership, but it is free to report. Please feel free to ask one of our search experts if you would like us to see if your parts have ever been reported.
Robb Hammond is the President of AERI and the former chair of the Aerospace Industry’s Counterfeit Electronic Components Mitigation Standard for independent distributors, AS6081, which has become one of the industry’s most respected documents, as well as being adopted by the Department of Defense. Robb is one of the foremost thought leaders in the industry on counterfeit detection and speaks regularly at conferences around the globe.