Shure, Sennheiser Bust Counterfeiters

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Evanston, IL, and Wedemark, Germany - Dec 19, 2001 - Shure Incorporated and Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG, two of leading manufacturers of microphones worldwide, have joined together with China's Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) to take a stand against the production and sale of counterfeit microphones. On December 12 officials from the AIC's Jiangmen and Enping offices conducted raids at three locations of one counterfeit manufacturer, and routine inspections on four other manufacturers located within Enping City, China. Over 50,000 pieces of Shure and Sennheiser counterfeit items were confiscated during the day's events, making it one of the largest raids to be executed in pro audio history.

"We asked Sennheiser to join us in this fight because we wanted to show a united front to counterfeiters and consumers alike, demonstrating that our industry will not tolerate these activities," said Sandy LaMantia, president and CEO of Shure Incorporated. "We embrace fair competition, which inevitably pushes the industry forward, but we refuse to stand by idly as people attempt to deceive our consumers with inferior versions of our products bearing our name."

The December 12 raid uncovered large quantities of counterfeit Shure SM58, BG Series, and 14A models, as well as Sennheiser Evolution 818 and 835 microphones. All goods were confiscated pending an investigation by China's AIC, but inspection and testing revealed that the counterfeit goods had very poor sound quality and severe handling noise.

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