Chinese exhibitor targeted at EAS
During the recent Euro Attractions Show in Munich, the European suppliers’ association EAASI took action against a Chinese exhibitor on behalf of four Italian ride manufacturers whose products were displayed without their consent in one of the company’s catalogues.
Several curious onlookers stood by and watched as Frank Yu of China Union, from Shanghai, was ordered to remove the offending publication from his stand by Munich lawyer Wolfgang Gotz and executer Wolfgang Lurz.
There was no proof that replicas of the rides, by had been built, but photos of them were enough to concern the suppliers in question, namely IE Park, Ital Resina, Sartori and Zamperla. Rides from several other Chinese manufacturers were also included in the catalogue.
In co-operation with the Italian manufacturer’s association ANCASVI, officials from EAASI say they plan to perform similar actions against other companies at upcoming trade shows, including the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando. They will also encourage show organisers to do the same.
“We welcome competition, but it has to be fair and honest,” an EAASI representative told Park World. “We will take steps against anyone who infringes copyright. We have made requests to IAAPA in the past to help us, but this has not been effective.”