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Faced with shortages? Remain vigilant against counterfeit

Jan 24, 2023
Electronics counterfeit mitigation

EMS Now says there are numerous reasons why counterfeit parts surface, and companies need to be particularly vigilant during supply chain constraints, where low levels of required supply increase the pressure to access the open market.

“Counterfeits components are increasingly sophisticated, as are the tactics used by scammers to target desperate buyers facing shortages. The latest industry reports continue to fuel concerns over which supplier to trust when it comes to sourcing electronic components, with buyers becoming wary of rogue suppliers.

“Understanding the differences and risks involved in purchasing from these sources is key to avoiding bad outcomes. The safest way to proceed is to buy direct through an OCM or an authorized/franchised distributor while only working with independent distributors who have a track record of not receiving counterfeit parts, can guarantee product authenticity and/or have the capability to test components prior to shipment. It’s also important to buy from those partners that are willing to stand by their supply chain with process audits and insurance.”

Astute is a highly accredited, quality-driven procurement expert, with a list of clients that includes the world’s leading Tier 1 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 which mitigates the risks of purchasing and supplying fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts.

Astute was the first European distributor to attain the AS6081 standard, and proudly the first distributor with AS6081 accreditations across both sides of the Atlantic.

The bespoke Astute Counterfeit Avoidance Programme (ACAP) is market-leading in its process and offers a secure, warranted route for these occasions. For parts obtained through non-traceable routes, Astute will subject products to rigorous destructive and non-destructive testing through their ACAP scheme, encompassing the AS6081 anti-counterfeit standards.

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