Senior police officer emphasizes on the need to deal with counterfeiting

A senior police officer while speaking at a FICCI event has said that India is witnessing a humungous economic growth. He said that the country is a rising economic power and offences related to counterfeiting and smuggling should be taken seriously. He said that the police can play a substantial role in fighting the menace of counterfeiting in a major way.

The senior police officer Mr. K Jagadeesan, Joint Commissioner of Police (Training) spoke at a training programme for Delhi Police personnel. The programme was organised by FICCI CASCADE (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy) at the Smart Policing Academy in New Delhi. The event was attended by senior and junior police officials who were equipped with the knowledge on the impact of counterfeiting on Indian economy and how the police can play a decisive role in tackling counterfeiting.

Mr. K Jagadeesan also said that for a long time, counterfeiting was considered as a victimless crime but in reality, it has many far-reaching consequences and thus it is important for a police officer to understand the impact of counterfeiting and ways to deal with it.

Source: PTI

What are Tyvek labels and where are they used?

For many ‘Tyvek label’ sounds an alien name or somewhat strange. However, in daily life we touch, see and use it on regular basis. Sometimes it comes stitched with your clothes, your pillow or your kid’s favourite toys. Tyvek labels are also seen stitched to rice bags, flour bags and other such commodities. The durability, affordability and strength of Tyvek labels make it a popular choice for industries where products are handled roughly, or wear and tear happen on regular basis.

The material Tyvek belongs to the family of tough sheet products made of high-density polyethene fibres. Tyvek appears white, is non-toxic, chemically inert and contains no binders. The non-woven sheet after bonding combines a good printing or coating surface.

The highly durable material was discovered by Jim White a DuPont researcher in the year 1955. Initially, Tyvek was used by DuPont to make book covers but later it expanded to a wide variety of uses ranging from packaging to manufacturing of protective gear. Nowadays, Tyvek is used to make cargo covers for FMCG goods, pharmaceutical products, tags, labels, bands, artworks and a lot more things.

Among the many uses, Tyvek is widely used to manufacture labels and tags which are often stitched to the product. These labels are highly durable and can withstand water, tearing, abrasion, harsh chemicals etc. Tyvek labels thus have a long life and highlight the details of the product and brand with efficiency.

Holostik is a one-stop shop for all anti-counterfeiting and packaging solutions. The company also manufactures security labels according to the needs of the client. Holostik has been catering Tyvek labels to different industries. Holostik’s high-security Tyvek labels are not ordinary printed pieces but also incorporate holographic properties due to which they become highly efficient in safeguarding the product against duplication.

Holostik showcases its packaging and anti-duplication products at Eastern Print Pack- Kolkata

Holostik which is one of the pioneers of hologram manufacturing and anti-counterfeiting solutions in India displayed its wide range of packaging and anti-duplication solutions at the 5th Eastern Print Pack 2018. Considered as the one-stop solution for the printing industry in Eastern India, the exhibition took place from 30th November to 3rd December 2018 at Science City in Kolkata.

Holostik displayed its latest packaging and anti-duplication solutions at the event which included security holograms, security pouches, holographic wads, shrink sleeves, security labels, wide web films and much more. The company also displayed its highly innovative UV embossed film which is available in metallized and transparent forms. The specialized film can be affixed to mono cartons and can incorporate different features- around 20 generic effects, texture, images and pillar of light.

The grand event witnessed the launch of many new products and solutions and was visited by printers, print buyers, publishers, owners of commercial newspapers, converters, corrugated box manufacturers, production managers, design houses, designers, art directors and production managers of advertisement houses, heads of packaging development departments among others.

Holostik aims to secure various kinds of products from the menace of counterfeiting and help companies achieve their targeted growth. Curious visitors at the event witnessed and understood the uses and benefits of different kinds of packaging and anti-duplication solutions.

What are the negative effects of duplication in the automotive industry?

Counterfeiting in the automotive industry is a growing issue for both manufacturers and consumers. The Indian auto component industry will become worth Rs 7000 crores in the coming years. However, substandard automobile parts are leading to monetary losses for genuine manufacturers and are a cause of 20% road accidents, which ultimately leads to life-changing injuries and deaths. Major counterfeiting is witnessed in the automotive aftermarkets where a customer hardly checks the genuineness of an original auto spare part.

Automotive parts are made to visually look like OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts. They often bear the trademark, labels and packaging of the original product. Now imagine a situation in which your car suddenly malfunctions, and you are in a hurry to attend an office meeting, the next thing you will do is to get it sorted through a mechanic. He will look out for the glitch and will replace the faulty part with a new one and you won’t ask him a single query- all that you want at that moment is to get your work done in the least possible time. This is where you are duped with a counterfeit auto part most of the times which pose a serious risk to your safety.

Some of the highly counterfeited auto components include lamps, bearings, filters, brake linings, clutch and many more. Legitimate companies are finding it hard to battle dubious manufacturers who are manufacturing and supplying substandard auto components to different aftermarkets across various locations in India. Even filing police complaints against forgers is not proving to be a concrete solution and is not preventing the duplication of automobile parts.

Genuine manufacturers suffer heavy monetary losses due to counterfeiting. There is a drastic slump in the sales as consumers, especially in small towns, prefer to buy an affordable product because renowned brands are a costly affair and thus, they refrain from them. In addition, with a number of counterfeit brands available for the consumers, the choice is not restricted and he or she can opt for the cheapest option available.

According to a FICCI CASCADE report around 20%, road accidents in India are caused by counterfeit automobile parts. Failure of fake brakes, faulty bearings and even poor-quality tyres are responsible for sudden accidents and many people die every year due to them. Counterfeiting of auto parts is not a problem limited to India but has spread across the world. With a proper regulatory framework, consumer awareness and use of authentication technologies the problem can be tackled up to a high extent.

NIA to look into fake currency notes case

A case related to counterfeit currency racket ongoing in Kerala is likely to be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The fake currency racket has spread its tentacles in many Southern states and may have international links to crime syndicates and terrorists.

Eight youths from Malda district who were arrested due to their involvement in the racket told the police that they were just distributing fake notes of Pakistani origin made available in Malda West Bengal. Fake notes of the value of Rs 2.19 lakh were seized from them, the police reported. An official heading the NIA team rushed to interrogate the youths in Kerala for more than six hours as the investigators suspect that they might have terror links. The team has taken their transaction and call details.

As the case has international crime links the Kerala state police won’t be able to handle the case further and the case has been taken over by NIA. The NIA in the past has handled cases of counterfeit currency rackets operated from across the border in other States.

Besides this, other intelligence agencies including military intelligence are keeping a close watch on the case and contacted the rural police. The fake currency notes seized are in the denominations of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500.

Source: The Hindu

The impact of counterfeiting in the FMCG sector in India

The trade of counterfeit goods is a growing concern for the FMCG industry. There are a large number of cheap copies of different products which are being sold at different stores and small shops. From fake hair oil to edible oil, bathing soaps to detergents, toothpaste to creams and much more one can hardly imagine the multiple negative effects of counterfeit items. The counterfeit market in the FMCG sector has grown at 44.4 per cent per annum and is hampering the growth of manufacturers.

The consumer goods which are highly susceptible to counterfeiting are consumer packaged goods, tobacco, personal care products, mobile and mobile components, automobile components, computer hardware and software. According to a study by FMCG, the value of such duplicate products has reached Rs 1,054 billion in the year 2014.

An industry expert says that fake goods in the FMCG sector have an impact on both consumers and producers. While the manufacturers suffer from a tarnished brand image and low sales the consumer is at the risk of losing money and a bad impact on his or her health. He also says that unscrupulous manufacturers are also detrimental to the national economy. The prime reason behind this is that they evade taxes and lead to a rise in a host of other criminal activities. Counterfeit goods also put an unnecessary strain on the health system.

Counterfeiters also use refill or repackage fake goods with the packaging of original goods. It has been seen that old plastic water bottles are being repackaged and sold in the market the same is the case with many other goods. Such deceptive duplication leads to a loss of consumers and the brand owners as well. In India, a large chunk of population settled in rural parts of the country suffer from rampant counterfeiting of FMCG goods. With a little check of authorities and poor regulation and manufacturing guidelines counterfeiting is easily slipping in the pockets of the common man.

Advancements in technology and easy procurement of the same has made it possible for counterfeiters establish little backyard factories and hubs for the manufacturing of duplicate items. It has also been observed that counterfeiters are making fake labels and packaging to dupe consumers. In the year 2014-2015 sale of FMCG, tobacco and alcoholic beverages constituted 65 per cent of the total sales.

However, in the past few years with new and advanced packaging solutions counterfeiters are struggling to copy FMCG products with efficacy. Many companies have resorted to the use of security holograms, security labels, barcodes and many other technologies to protect their brands from the threat of counterfeiting.

Holostik to exhibit its packaging and anti-duplication products at Eastern Print Pack- Kolkata

Holostik which is one of the trailblazers of hologram manufacturing and anti-counterfeiting solutions in India will display its wide range of packaging and anti-duplication solutions at the 5th Eastern Print Pack 2018  at Booth 19, Hall F in Science City, Kolkata. Considered as a one-stop solution for the printing industry in Eastern India, it will be held from 30th November to 3rd December 2018. With a fifteen-year history and substantial growth, eastern print pack sits in the heart of its market and is a viable event for the eastern region.

The grand event will be visited by printers, print buyers, publishers including owners of commercial newspapers, converters, corrugated box manufacturers, production managers, design houses, designers, art directors and production managers of advertisement houses, heads of packaging development departments, transactional business, the pay-per-print business & media production houses, government agencies and associates.

Holostik will display its latest packaging and anti-duplication solutions at the event which will include security holograms, security pouches, holographic wads, shrink sleeves, security labels, wide web films and much more. The company will also be displaying its highly innovative UV embossed film which is available in metallized and transparent forms. The specialized film affixed to mono cartons can incorporate different features like 20 generic effects, texture, images and pillar of light. Holostik aims to secure various kinds of products from the menace of counterfeiting and help companies achieve their targeted growth. Participants at the event will witness and understand the uses and benefits of different kinds of packaging and anti-duplication solutions.

Ludhiana – facing the wrath of counterfeit clothes

The city of Ludhiana which is the country’s readymade garments manufacturing hub is facing the onslaught of counterfeiting. The city is brimming with copies of prominent brands. It seems so, that little has been done to ward off the rampant duplication taking place in different parts of the city.

Suckhchain Singh Gill Ludhiana Police Commissioner said that the police has not received any complaint against any manufacturer or seller due to which no action has been taken. The police has no direct role to play in it until and unless it receives any complaint after which it will take necessary action under the purview of law.”

Some sources, however, said that the police had registered many cases against counterfeit manufacturers who made fake clothes of brands like CK, LV, Chanel, Tommy, Superdry, Adidas, Puma, Nike, US Polo among others. Moreover, cases were registered against a hosiery owner under the Copy Right Act, Trademark Act under Section 420 of the IPC and these cases were registered on the basis of complaints registered by brand owners of the affected companies.  Sources also revealed that the fake brand business is running blatantly and is evading taxes of the government. Surprisingly, most of the times, a customer does not receive the bill of the fake products purchased.

Requesting anonymity, a seller of fake branded jeans said that the brand conscious youth wants to wear such clothes that’s why they are becoming popular. Fake branded clothes use the trademark and logo of the original product while remaining substandard in quality. Duplicate clothes have uneven stitching, rough ends, faulty colours and many other issues which are rarely noticed by people. He said a branded tracksuit which will cost around Rs 10,000 from an exclusive showroom can be bought for Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 from Ludhiana markets.

A retailer said that they sell duplicate brands to genuine customers by making them believe that it is an original item. Several markets in the city have a stock of duplicate products worth several crores lying with them.


Holostik presents an intriguing paper at IHMA Annual Holography Conference in Minsk

The leading international body of holographic industry IHMA (International Holograms Manufacturers Association) and Reconnaissance International recently organized the Holography Conference from 15th to 16th November 2018 at Minsk, Belarus. The conference is a global platform to showcase cutting-edge applications and innovative technologies in the field of holography and was attended by leading hologram manufacturers, suppliers, consumers along with government institutions, private firms and researchers. The event also witnessed paper presentations on 16th November from top-notch manufacturers and innovators on different scenarios of holographic technology and markets.

Mr. Ankit Gupta, Director Holostik India Limited was one of the key attendees who presented a thought-provoking paper on the topic – Hologram, QR Code, RFID & Blockchain: friends or foes?” Starting with the introduction of Holostik as one of the global leaders of anti-counterfeiting products and solutions, he further explained the evolution of different authentication technologies along with their pros and cons. He also presented a comparative landscape of authentication technologies according to different parameters.

This was followed by an animated video which highlighted the significance of teamwork and how the same should be implemented with the harmonization and amalgamation of different authentication technologies. He finally concluded that a perfect combination of anti-counterfeiting product and IT solution provides a holistic or complete solution for organizations in battling duplication along with a host of other advantages. In a nutshell, the paper establishes that different authentication technologies are complementary and not competing with each other.

The paper also shed light on two different case studies which focused on an Ayurvedic brand and an Ink Cartridge manufacturer. The cases explained how Holostik helped the companies in battling the problem of counterfeiting with a streamlined and customized approach through different stages. Mr. Ankit Gupta shared the podium with attendees representing companies from UK, Germany and China. The session witnessed the massive presence of audience from different backgrounds.

A day earlier, on 15th November, Holostik was commended for its best-applied decorative/ packaging product – Afxigra and best-applied security product- Gopal at IHMA Excellence in Holography Awards 2018. The awards were received by Mr. U.K. Gupta – Chairman, Holostik India Limited and Mr. Ankit Gupta – Director, Holostik India Limited.

Stay aware, there might be fake oregano in your kitchen

A comprehensive and advanced food study in the UK has revealed that 25% of the specimens of dried oregano bought from different retailers had adulterants. The adulterants mainly included myrtle and olive leaves and made up to around 30-70 % of the product. In some cases, less than a third of the entire content was pure oregano.

The genuineness test was conducted using a procedure called mass spectrometry in which compounds re-identified using their atomic composition. One of the main investigators said that they have identified the problem and it reflects adulteration issues of other herbs and spices in their supply chains.

Oregano is a popular herb across the world which is used a condiment in food. Most people think that oregano has an Italian background which is not the case. The pungent, aromatic and special herb has a Greek and Mexican background. Identifying pure oregano has become a challenge for food lovers as its adulteration had become rampant. Here are some methods to ensure the genuineness of oregano with much ease.

The first method is to inspect the leaves, the leaves of oregano are oval, hairy and coarse. They are of bright green colour. The second method is to taste an oregano leaf which is the best way to determine its genuineness. Pure oregano will taste pungent, spicy and robust whereas marjoram – its fake replacement will taste slightly minty with mild citrus flavour.

Besides these methods, the use of anti-counterfeiting solutions can also help in bringing down the adulteration of oregano. Companies can use smart and secure packaging solutions along with security holograms and track and trace technology to secure their products against possible counterfeiting. Holostik provides a wide variety of packaging and security solutions to different kinds of FMCG products against the problem of counterfeiting.