The increasing number of counterfeit electronic components in circulation is becoming a matter of real concern.
In 2006 it was estimated that 10% of technology products sold worldwide were counterfeit valued at around $100 billion in revenue.
It is estimated that counterfeiting accounts for 5% to 7% of world trade, costing approximately £350 billion a year and up to 75,000 jobs.
Proportional estimates for the UK suggest that counterfeiting costs the UK up to £30 billion per year and in the region of 15,000 jobs.
In 2007, in terms of the value seized, consumer electronics represented 9% of the total value and that figure is rising.
The UK Electronics Alliance (UKEA) representing a consortium of 10 of the leading trade associations across the electronics sector hosts a best-in-class website on the matter.