FMSI Part-numbering System Counterfeiters Feel The Heat


DETROIT, Mich.–“FMSI has successfully pursued (FMSI part-numbering system) violators with equitable results.” says Frank Oliveto President of FMSI.

“We have an aggressive initiative in progress in preparing for the 2019 APPEX event and will enforce Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO’s) at the event should the need arise. FMSI has recently sent out over 20 applications to companies who may qualify for FMSI membership. FMSI, in recent months, has also approved seven new members and we have several applications pending.

“We are swiftly modernizing all aspects of our operations.” says Oliveto. “A key area we are pursuing is protecting our members in good standing from non FMSI members who are knowingly and or unknowingly using the proprietary FMSI part-numbering system.”

The 3 categories of FMSI members –

Active Members:
Active members who purchase products from non FMSI members do not have the right to use the proprietary FMSI part-numbering system for such products

Regional Members:
Regional members who purchase products from non FMSI members do not have the right to use the proprietary FMSI part-numbering system for such products

Licensees Members:
Licensee members have the right to use the FMSI part-numbering system only for those products purchased from an Active or Regional member

Oliveto suggests, any organization which feels it may be in violation of FMSI IP, to contact the FMSI Headquarters at 3069 University Drive, Auburn Hills, MI, 48326.

“FMSI wants to talk with you about your situation and FMSI membership opportunities,” said Oliveto.

Founded in 1948 as a trade organization, FMSI and FMS are registered trademarks of Friction Materials Standards Institute. FMSI created the standard part numbering system for Brake and Clutch facings.

Contact FMSI at [email protected] or visit www.fmsi.org to learn more about the organization and membership.

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