Many observations described in this article are accurate, but I think this article contributes to the ‘politicization’ these authors refer to in the title and excludes important factors contributing to the problem. “The real blame lies with those brokers and contractors who fail to responsibly control and manage their supply chains through ignorance or the quest for expediency or higher profit margins.”
I speculate that most people who have been actively engaged in confronting this problem would say there are several significant contributing factors. One significant factor is the fact that in some countries, governments look away while the counterfeiters continue their own quest for profits. Contrary to the picture this article paints, studies concerning the supply chain of counterfeit electronics show that China is very prominent in this regard.
MISPLACED BLAME: THE POLITICIZATION OF COUNTERFEIT ELECTRONICS
12/14/2011 – By Leonard Zuga and Michael Pecht