23 Jul 2021 -
 Defence

Counterfeit chips are nothing new, says GlobalSpec

The black market for semiconductors is not a new phenomenon as bad actors frequently take advantage of companies that cannot find the supply they need, claims GlobalSpec.

“Generally, these fake electronic components range from copies of the real deal to older parts that have been refurbished to look brand new. However, many of these counterfeit encounters go without being reported, leaving these bad actors to freely victimize other companies.

“Without these counterfeit items being reported, pursuing criminal charges is nearly impossible and because the chances of getting caught are slim, it further encourages these companies to continue being bad actors.”

How to avoid the bad actors

Astute is a highly accredited, quality-driven procurement expert, with a list of clients that includes the world’s leading defence suppliers. Our mission is to shield you against inferior quality products and services. As such, our operations are run in accordance with quality processes including AS6081 that mitigates the risks of purchasing and supplying fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts. Find out more about our counterfeit mitigation techniques by contacting one of our experts.

We have on-site anti-counterfeit testing facilities in both the U.K. and U.S. for carrying out a range of destructive and non-destructive testing, as shown here:

Either through the hundreds of manufacturers we purchase directly from, or the international network of component supply-partners offering full product traceability, Astute Safe-Supply, run by sourcing experts and offers a deeper insight into the global components markets.

With real-time access to the latest listings and prices cultivated through several decades of close supplier partnerships, we are able to spot price disparities and leverage product price variances to deliver cost-effective solutions to customers, whilst ensuring a quality, risk-free supply.

For more help with looking at supply chain options, contact Astute Electronics here

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