Counterfeit analysis

Our forensic experts help manufacturers, brand owners, food and drinks, fragrance and beauty companies in identifying, or confirming, counterfeit goods through examination of the composition and refractive index of packaging materials.

This innovative approach, using methods including refractive index measurement and both FTIR and XRF spectroscopy, is being used to identify high-value counterfeit products such as perfumes, cosmetics and spirits.

Glass Refractive Index Measurement (GRIM3), Fourier Transform Infra-Red spectroscopy (FTIR) and Wavelength Dispersive Spectroscopy X-Ray Fluorescence (WDS-XRF) equipment are being utilised to analyse both glass and plastic packaging.

GRIM can precisely determine whether the refractive index of glass matches that of the genuine packaging manufacturer and glass batch. Counterfeiters simply cannot replicate glass composition - counterfeit containers that look identical, but are made from different raw materials sources, have unique chemical element markers and this alone, in some cases, can give a definitive answer as to whether the glass is from the genuine source.

WDS-XRF and GRIM processes provide even greater detail with which to compare composition - giving vital evidence to manufacturers and brand owners pursuing claims against suspected fraudsters.

Our experts have also worked on major research projects to develop anti-counterfeiting products for the glass market, including invisible inks, micro-chipping and specialist markers. Please see our technical consultancy and research, innovation and development sections if you are interested in new developments or research into further measures.

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