24 November 2011

Honeywell extends fight against fake refrigerants

HONEYWELL today announced today that it has expanded its ongoing campaign against counterfeit refrigerants being fraudulently sold under the Honeywell Genetron brand name in the Middle East.
Approximately 6,000 cylinders of fake refrigerant branded as Honeywell Genetron 134a were seized in August in the UAE. They were found to contain 'dangerous toxic and flammable substances' says the press statement.

This recent seizure is part of the refrigerant manufacturer's 10-year campaign against counterfeiters with successful seizures in more than 20 countries over six continents. During the last two years alone, Honeywell, working with local governments, have seized more than 200,000 counterfeit products.

'We have invested substantial resources to develop and commercialise our innovative refrigerant technology. We are taking the necessary actions to protect that investment and ensure that users get the high-quality product they need,' said Paul Sanders, Managing Director for Honeywell Fluorine Products in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

Honeywell also started using a new security measures to detect counterfeit refrigerants. The new anti-counterfeit technology allows for the identification of non-authentic products much faster and more easily than was previously possible.

Simultaneously, Honeywell continues efforts to build awareness among end customers on risks of using counterfeit products.

'We created simple posters for garages and services, where we explain in simple terms how dangerous it can be use non-genuine products,' added Sanders.

The company emphasised the need to only buy Honeywell refrigerant from Honeywell-authorised suppliers.

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