Mendel acts against pirated machine


The machine copy at the booth of a Chinese company
The machine copy at the booth of a Chinese company

The Mendel RG-Systems GmbH, a leading producer of foil stamping presses based in Wangen, Germany, has defended itself legally against a Chinese machine copy. On the last construction day at the drupa 2016 tradeshow in Düsseldorf, Germany, managing director Heinz-Dieter Mendel coincidentally noticed a line at the booth of a Chinese corporation that was almost a 1:1 copy of one of his company’s lines.

“Even the lacquering was identical,” said the machinery expert in an interview with C2. “We have immediately informed a renowned law firm from Düsseldorf and could force the Chinese company to cover its copy. The selling of the line was prohibited, which caused significant attention here at the tradeshow.” Mendel was also glad about the fact that his reputable and honest competitors welcomed his actions. “We have fought hard against this unfair competition – and we have won.”