By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, January 08, 2019 07:54:17More than 100 of his devices have exploded on him in a matter of days since they arrived in the United Kingdom.
But one company has been doing something to prevent that.
The iDevice maker, HMI Systems, has been selling refurbished devices for the last three years at reduced prices.
I’m told it has been the only way to get the devices repaired.
But the UK Government is taking a tough line against it, and is now trying to block its sales.
In a letter to HMI, the Government is asking that the company close its doors within a year, or face legal action.
The Government has also written to other major manufacturers asking them to close down their operations in the UK.
HMI is a subsidiary of German electronics giant Siemens AG.
Its not clear whether Siemens has any legal obligation to stop selling refurbishments, but its chairman, Martin Bischoff, told the BBC it would take its legal case to the European Court of Justice if the company were to go ahead with such a move.
The Government’s letter said the Government had a duty to ensure the safety and security of the public and that the manufacture of refurbished electronic devices was a public good.
“The Government takes the safety of the British public very seriously and will take all necessary action to prevent the manufacture, distribution and sale of refurbishable electronic devices to the public,” it said.
“In addition, the manufacture and sale by any other supplier of refurbishable electronic devices would breach the public’s duty to safeguard public health and the environment.”
Siemens, however, said it has not had any problems with its refurbished iDevicers.
“We believe that this situation is a product of a lack of understanding of the law in the relevant jurisdictions,” the company said in a statement.
“This situation has not been caused by Siemens, but rather by the actions of some individuals in the EU who want to prevent other companies from producing refurbished products for the UK market.”
We hope that the Government will ensure that this will never happen again and that manufacturers and others who wish to manufacture refurbished and/or refurbished e-devices are able to do so safely and responsibly.
“A spokesman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said the law did not specifically allow for the Government to close the company down, but it did have the power to impose restrictions on its operations.”
Our intention is to work closely with industry and government to address this matter and work with any relevant authorities who have concerns about this situation,” he said.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said it was a matter for the local authorities.”
It is a criminal offence for a local authority to refuse to register a company under its existing criminal or civil law regime.””
Local Authorities are free to make the decisions on whether or not they wish the company to be open.”
It is a criminal offence for a local authority to refuse to register a company under its existing criminal or civil law regime.