In recent years, the global electronics supply chain has seen a dramatic rise in the reporting of suspect counterfeit and nonconforming parts. Counterfeit parts are frequently born from salvaged e-waste or are cheap substitutes that fail to meet the original manufacturer’s stringent quality requirements. A recent study concluded counterfeiters are sensing market demand and are introducing a greater number of counterfeit products into the supply chain in unison with legitimate producers; as the market picks up, counterfeit incidents increase.
This study will analyze historical trends using data collected by ERAI over the last decade. Along with annual incident report totals, the data will break down the incidents by component types as well as whether the parts in question were obsolete or active. The correlation between the number of reported incidents versus the number of reporting entities will also be examined along with the inspection methods that led to the reports. We will additionally explore how supply chain fluctuations and product availabilities affect the counterfeiting trends and why, despite the increased levels of information sharing, the number of counterfeit escapes has not declined.