Hypertherm announced the success of its first criminal case against counterfeiting in China. A recent ruling by The People's Court of Guangling District in Yangzhou saw a Shanghai trading company convicted for knowingly reselling counterfeit Hypertherm consumables to other local companies. The distributor was fined a hefty sum, and its business owner was levied a fine as well as jailed. In the recent wake of this legal case, Hypertherm has already witnessed some Chinese manufacturers ceasing production of unauthentic consumables.
Based on research conducted in China, Hypertherm has found that counterfeit consumables have significantly shorter life expectancy than the genuine products, damage cutting torches, and cause severe damage to cooling systems.