Schneider Electric, the world specialist in energy management, has released the first survey on electrical counterfeiting products ever conveyed in Africa.
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.
Tracy Garner, Anti-Counterfeiting Global Manager said for the first time, all stakeholders of the African electrical market will be able to move forward, based on a solid picture of reality.
“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,” Garner said.
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.