Uganda Batteries Limited (UBL), the leading manufacturer of automotive and solar batteries has urged the general public to be on the lookout for imitations of their products that have flooded the market.
While addressing the media at a press conference today, Moses Zizinga, the Marketing Director, UBL said despite the country boasting of a liberal business environment that encourages competition and new players in the market, it has come with a number of challenges that are threatening to kill the industry.
“There is unfair competition from some of the players through product imitation and a host of other things that could affect business operations. We have recently witnessed some of these odds and have taken legal action to remedy it,” Zizinga said.
The Uganda Breweries marketing director revealed that a new company under the names, NBL has for long been imitating their products in a bid to dupe unsuspecting customers.
“Late last year, they started making imitation of batteries with the name NBL. The product features are identical to those of UBL in design, shape, logo, and sizes which makes it possible for customers to be duped into buying undesired products unknowingly.”
He said that on May, 20, 2019, the Commercial Division of the High Court in Kampala issued an injunction against NBL prohibiting them from manufacturing, producing, dealing and trading in batteries and other products branded NBL as well as using the Uganda Breweries warrant card.
Zizinga tipped customers to always check the logo with letters UBL before buying automotive vehicles.
“Check for yellow top vent plugs as well as the battery’s engraved code and unique serial number.”
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