Thousands of Chinese Cartridges Rejected
Not just thousands, but hundreds of thousands of printer cartridges made in China are no longer being bought by Russian distributors who now prefer cartridges that can be supplied by cartridge remanufacturers in Western Europe.
An anonymous source has told RT Media that the large container loads of cartridges are not being ordered as previously because most Chinese companies do not meet the new standards required by Russian organisations and the government.
“Cartridges that do not meet the standards set by US authorities or European Union in their respective regions have been ‘dumped’ into the Russian market for many years,” the Russian industry person said. “These cartridges are either poor in quality, have low yields, have high failure rates, and infringe OEM patents.”
Dr Stanislav Malinskiy (pictured left), RT Media‘s Russian partner who runs the Business-Inform information agency, said, “During October-December 2018, research was undertaken in Russia on the levels of toxicity of the most popular cheap models of New-Built Cartridges (NBCs) being sold into the Russian market. It has been revealed that most models contain toxic contaminations. The share of decaBDE is between 2000 and 18,000 mg/kg.”
Malinskiy added, “The experts from Information Agency “Business-Inform” have estimated out of the 13.9 million NBCs imported into Russia in 2018, more than 9.3 million had decaBDE readings of between 2000 and 18,000 mg/kg. The results of this research were reported to the Russian government, as well as to the heads of many large Russian businesses and organizations, buyers of compatible cartridges. According to the Stockholm Convention of 2001, and ratified by Russia in 2011, such products are categorized as ‘Persistent Organic Pollutants’.”
Dr Malinskiy said it is not surprising to learn that some Russian businesses (knowing already of the low-quality associated with new-built cartridges), once they received the information regarding the possible toxicity of those cartridges, decided to re-direct their procurement activities towards more expensive cartridges with higher levels of printing quality and environmental friendliness.
“Such a tendency really exists. That is why in July-August 2019 a range of leading Russian cartridge distributors, members of AQCMS, declared that they begin supplying higher quality and more ecologically safe brands of compatible cartridges. As to the legal control of laser cartridges’ quality and environmental sustainability, there have been created and registered several methods of Russian standardized testing, LEM.”
Malinskiy and Dr Tatiana Kashinskaya (pictured right), General Director of Laboratory of Electrography Ltd. will talk to Chinese companies about the new Russian Standardized Test Method (LEM) at the RemaxWorld Expo on October 18 in Zhuhai China.
Malinskiy says he and Dr Kashinskaya will share a report on Russian market trends in 2018-2019; LEM – the first Russian print quality assessment methodology; the best brands in the Russian market; and changes in the Russian market in 2020-2021.
How many thousands of Chinese cartridges are really being rejected? For more details about the RemaxWorld Summit and the other hot topics that will be shared there visit our Summit page on this website.