Schneider Electric Releases Survey on Counterfeit Electrical Products in Africa

RUEIL-MALMAISON, France —  Schneider Electric releases the first survey on electrical counterfeiting products ever conveyed in Africa.

The survey took place in eleven African countries: Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. More than 500 “high level’ officials and professionals were contacted by 37 African trained investigators. They answered a total of 8.185 questions.

“For the first time, all stakeholders of the African electrical market will be able to move forward, based on a solid picture of reality’, says Tracy Garner, Anti-Counterfeiting Global Manager.

Based on the results, the first conclusion is that counterfeiting of most common electrical products is widely spread in all African countries, representing 40% to 80% of their markets. Cables, breakers, sockets, switches and extension cords, are the five most counterfeit electrical products (in that order). China remains the main source of electrical counterfeit goods entering the continent (75% of the answers) followed by the rest of Asian countries. Locally manufactured counterfeits originate mostly from Tanzania, Nigeria and Ivory Coast.

“Now, having measured the impact of counterfeits on African economies and users’ safety, the urgency to act is real. Schneider Electric is committed to do its best in answering professionals’ demands and expectations expressed in the survey’, concludes Tracy.

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A spokesperson at Schneider Electric stated, “The survey was conducted between 2013 and 2014 by African Press Organization on behalf of Schneider Electric. After this release, the results and the document are now public and can be distributed freely.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Schneider Electric SA.

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