ECIA Issues Industry Warning Concerning Component Shortages and Counterfeit Parts
Atlanta, GA – The ECIA has issued a warning from its Chief Counsel, Robin Gray, on the increasing threat of counterfeit parts getting into the supply chain during periods of component shortages:
“ECIA is tracking the challenges the industry faces due to component shortages, especially in passives such as MLCCs and certain semiconductors. Our component supplier member community is working on alleviating these issues. Long lead times and allocation conditions are expected to continue throughout most of 2018, however.
ECIA is concerned that these conditions will force customers to consider alternative and unauthorized sources for these critical components in order to meet their own production commitments. This is understandable, but increases the risk to the industry and the consumer that counterfeit components will get into the supply chain.
The Department of Justice is also concerned about the risks to the public. The following is a statement from a recent grant proposal to the law enforcement community from the Department of Justice:
With the DoJ’s increased awareness of the problems comes increased enforcement efforts. For example, an arrest was made in Orange County,California recently.
ECIA encourages the component industry to continue to rely on the authorized channel for electronics components and to report any counterfeit component activity to the Department of Justice.”