Kohler Shanghai Was Fined! The OEM Factory Produces Unqualified Sanitary Ware Products!
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Shanghai Municipal Administration of Market Supervision website recently announced the administrative penalty decision (Shanghai Municipal Supervision Pu Branch  152021006084) shows that Shanghai Kohler International Trade Co., Ltd. has the production and sales of products that are adulterated, fake as real, substandard as good illegal behavior. Shanghai Pudong New Area Market Supervision Administration fined it 0.225395 million yuan, and the penalty date was March 16, 2022.
After investigation, the party concerned Shanghai Kohler International Trade Co., Ltd. is a sanitary ware business enterprise. The NAPE induction basin faucet (trademark: KARAT, specifications: 14934T-M-CP, production date/lot number: 2021-06-25/–)” produced by them was sampled and tested by the State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration on August 26, 2021 at a certain Guangzhou Co. National Building Sanitary Ceramics Quality Inspection and Testing Center issued an inspection report (No: CF2021040) on September 18, 2021. The test concluded that the water impact performance items do not meet the CJ/T194-2014 “non-contact water supply apparatus” standard, according to the “non-contact spout product quality national supervision and sampling implementation rules”, and decided that it is unqualified.
The product implementation standard is CJ/T194-2014. It has 1 unqualified item. The project name is water impact performance. The standard clause is CJ/T194-20147.13. Its technical requirements: the difference between the peak pressure and static pressure of water supply apparatus at the moment of closing should not be greater than 0.2MPa. The test result is 0.25MPa. The single provision is unqualified.
The parties submitted an application for product re-inspection in writing to the State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration on October 13, 2021. The National Quality Inspection and Testing Center for Ceramics and Plumbing and Sanitary Products issued an inspection report (No: G21-AB0041T) on November 9, 2021, which concluded that the re-inspection was unqualified. On June 25, 2021, the party commissioned a limited company in Guangzhou to produce four sets of “NAPE induction basin faucet (trademark: KARAT, specifications: 14934T-M-CP, production date / batch number: 2021-06-25/-)” test sales products, with a value of 1878.29 Yuan.
Considering the continuous increase of domestic product parts price in 2021, the entrusted manufacturer, Guangzhou City, wanted to reduce the account difficulties caused by the increase of raw materials by compressing the product cost. In the production of the products in question, they changed their production process. They purchased new springs and diaphragms and did not conduct strict inspection. Without going through the inspection process according to normal procedures, they warehoused the batch of products to the finished goods warehouse, resulting in the sampled products failing.
The party submitted a rectification report on December 24, 2021, and made a decision to stop production and sales of the product in question 14934T-M-CP NAPE induction washbasin faucet on October 20, 2021.
The above behavior violates the provisions of Article 32 of the Product Quality Law of the People’s Republic of China, constituting the production of substandard products masquerading as qualified products. Taking into account the circumstances of the violation and the harmful consequences, the Shanghai Pudong New Area Market Supervision Bureau decided to impose a lighter penalty of a fine of RMB 2,253.95 according to Article 50 of the Product Quality Law of the People’s Republic of China.
Founded in 1873, the American Kohler (Kohler) Company is by far one of the largest family-owned enterprises in the United States. In 2002, Kohler (China) Investment Co., Ltd. was established in Shanghai as the headquarters of Kohler Asia Pacific.
Product Quality Law of the People’s Republic of China, Article 32 provides that: Manufacturers of products, shall not be adulterated, shall not be fake, substandard, and shall not be substandard products as qualified products.
Product Quality Law of the People’s Republic of China” Article 50 provides that: found in the product adulteration, fake as real, substandard as good, or substandard products as qualified products, will be ordered to stop production and sales, confiscate the products produced and sold in violation of the law, and impose a fine of more than fifty percent of the amount of the value of the products produced and sold in violation of the law, less than three times. If there is illegal income from the product, they will be confiscated illegal income. If the circumstances are serious, the business license will be revoked. If it constitutes a crime, they will be held criminally responsible according to law.
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