CANON Inc conducted seven raids in Malaysia last year in its effort to reduce counterfeiting activities in the country.
Canon Marketing Malaysia Sdn Bhd general manager Liew Sip Chon said the company had teamed up with Hewlett Packard and Epson to form a Quality Brand Protection Committee (QBPC), to fight counterfeiters.
Liew said even though the number of counterfeit raids were still low, compared with 11 in Thailand and 27 in India, the QBPC was actively monitoring the situation.
It is somewhat like the Business Software Alliance to fight the pirate software market, he said at a luncheon meeting with Malaysian journalists in Shanghai last week.
But Liew said the details of araids would not be made known to Canon Malaysia, as all work pertaining to the raids was handled by the group headquarters in Japan.
They work closely with private investigators here before they close in on the illegal manufacturers, he said, adding that inks and toners were two of the most popular illegally manufactured products.
However, the situation in Malaysia was still under control as evident by the healthy growth recorded by Canon Malaysia in the last quarter to March 31, 2004 of RM128mil, a 20% increase from the last corresponding quarter.
President and chief executive officer Satoshi Kimura said the group, which operates a lens and digital camera facility in Shah Alam, Canon Opto Malaysia, had expanded its production to cater for the higher demand expected from the digital camera market.
We increased the number of employees from 3,000 in 2002, to 4,000 last year. The production capacity for digital cameras also expanded from 300,000 units per month in 2002, to 400,000 units per month this year, he said.
He said even though Canon group was focusing its activities strongly in China, Malaysia remained an important centre for digital cameras and lenses.
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