Blata, the maker of pocketbikes and now MotoGP racers, is fighting a huge number of cheap Chinese copies of its signature products. We keep mentioning this recurring problem while other companies keep rushing to set up shop in China. China has a large number of companies that seem to exist for the sole purpose of producing illegal knockoffs of successful products. This problem isn’t confined to knockoffs of U.S. products, either, Blata is from the Czech Republic. All of Europe and the rest of the industrialized world is facing the same issue.
I continue to ask the same simple question: If the massive number of new Chinese students and workers are so capable and advanced, and threatening to other countries’ economies, why can’t they design and produce their own products? Why is the Chinese ripoff industry so huge? Just over a week ago, China was preparing to release a microprocessor that copied a large portion of the MIPS architecture. That’s from MIPS Technologies, a U.S. firm, if you don’t follow the computer field.
We’ve covered the problems Chevy has been having with the “Chery” and many other companies from Edelbrock to Zippo fight this, too. Yet, every day some new manufacturer is running over there to teach the Chinese all about their own products, Ducati, Harley Davidson, because they are special and the Chinese would never do this to them.
via Roadracing World