The news was spread by the German newspaper, Handelsblatt: the Chinese company FAW, related to Volkswagen through a joint venture, would steal some motor models for replication them on a car to sell not only in China, but also in Russia, going to compete with the same Germans partners.
“It’s really a catastrophe”, said a VW manager. Especially when you consider that China is the largest export market of the German company. Last year alone, Volkswagen has sold about 2.26 million cars there.
Always according to the spokesman of Volkswagen, the Asian country would not be new to this type of thefts of trade secrets: in fact, the China doesn’t allow to the foreigner car manufacturers to produce there, unless, collaboration in joint ventures with internal companies, which must still have the majority.
Who intend to go to sell their cars in China, thinking to find a huge market (as it is), he must also take into account that may be subject to patent theft and industrial espionage that border with business infidelity.
The Germans, for their part have stated that they are analyzing more closely the problem, considering the close relationship of trust between Volkswagen and Faw in the past, they are aware that the problem is widespread.
In any case, the revelation of trade secrets constitutes a huge economic loss for the victim companies; therefore, it requires countermeasures to spy potential unfaithful partners and prevent the disclosure of confidential informations.
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