The company managed to prove that a large Chinese manufacturer had produced fake ContiTech drive belts.
The company, Taizhou Fuju Rubber Belt Manufacture Co. Ltd, based south of Shanghai, has been fined.
ContiTech acted on a tip-off from a customer. And when local authorities searched the companyâ€™s headquarters, they found large numbers of fake multiple V-ribbed belts and packaging with ContiTech labelling.
Further pirated drive belts with the designation of a leading Japanese carmaker were also confiscated.
“This is a major step in the prosecution of illicit reproduction cases, since it was the first time that we were able to determine the manufacturer directly,â€ said Helmut Engel, head of ContiTech Power Transmissionâ€™s aftermarket division.
â€œOften, only the dealers and importers are held to account, and the producers of the copies remain unknown.â€
He added: “In the future, we will work more closely with our customers in the fight against product piracy.â€