Counterfeit versions of the 3M™ PPS ™ Paint Preparation System – arrests made
24 June 2014
The City of London's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) today reported that it has conducted raids at a number of business and residential premises in Oxfordshire and South Wales.
The raids relate to the supply of counterfeit versions of the industry-leading 3M™ PPS ™ Paint Preparation System. Three people were arrested at their homes in Banbury and Gwent on suspicion of money laundering, conspiracy to defraud and trademark offences. Computer equipment, documentation and more than 2,500 boxes of suspected counterfeit products were seized.
The raids stemmed from an ongoing investigation that began when 3M started receiving reports of possible quality problems with its PPS™ products. Upon examination, the ‘defective’ products proved to be counterfeit copies.
Distributors who have purchased supplies of the 3M™ Paint Preparation System from sources other than directly from 3M and have concerns about the potential authenticity of the product are advised to call the 3M Customer Interaction Team (CIT) on 08456 039714. Callers will be advised that any information supplied will be shared with PIPCU in order to assist their investigations into the possible criminal supply chain.
Bodyshop customers experiencing technical issues with their 3M™ PPS™ products are also advised to contact the CIT. Non-technical issues should be referred to the distributor from whom they purchased the product in the first instance.
A spokesperson for 3M said: "We take the quality of our products and the integrity of our supply chain very seriously. We will provide every assistance to the City of London Police as they investigate this matter.
“3M continually innovates to ensure its customers benefit from top quality products that help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their operations. Globally, we invested some $1.7 billion in R&D in 2013 and we work hard to protect our intellectual property to ensure customers can be confident in the integrity of our products.”