I guess a lot depends on where the counterfeits are added to the supply stream. A lot of distributors I know work directly with the manufacturer as their supply source. Or or you talking about more up stream problems?
I would be interested in learning how distributors protect themselves, and their customers, from counterfeit and substandard materials. Insisting on material certification does not seem to be enough, as these documents are frequently falsified. Base metals and alloys seem to be particularly prone to such practices, and many times are already in a finished product or component that may seem, on the surface to be legitamate.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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