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Cavan Forde was sentenced to death in Dunedin District Court on Monday. (Photo PHOTO)
Dunedin businessmen were fined $ 85,000 for misidentifying Chinese-made concrete panels.
Cavan Forde was sentenced to death in Dunedin District Court on Monday morning after three crimes were admitted last month under the Fair Trading Act.
The typical cost relates to importing Forde's autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC), which is used as the unstructured exterior of the building.
His company Cavan Forde Group imported, manufactured and sold New Zealand AAC and related construction products.
The company supplied New Zealand with AAC products from the Australian-manufactured Hebel brand, but it still gave the impression that the product was still Hebel after the contract ended.
* Commercial commission charged with misrepresentation
* Special Survey: Imports and sales of Chinese architectural products like Hebel & # 39; brand
* Supercrete fine
Anna Rawlings commissioner of Commerce Commission announced a design guide not only to supply products when Hebel was manufactured in China, but also to impala engineering firm Opus approved the AAC cladding system.
"Consumers have a right to rely on the accuracy of the product information and specifications provided when making purchasing decisions," Rawlings said.
"Forde's announcement was given to some customers who prefer the Hebel brand, especially for Chinese manufacturing materials.
"It can also benefit competitors selling Chinese products."
Judge Michael Crosbie said builders and consumers should have confidence in what they use and purchase.
"The whole expression can only be regarded as an attempt to deliver the company's products to the best light, even if they misrepresent the origin and warranty of Orissa."
Forde's case was part of the commission's prosecution of the former Cavan Forde Group (CFG) and four men in possession or management positions.
Darryl Campbell, a former owner and current director of Christchurch Lightweight Concrete Limited, was fined $ 151,875 in October 2017.
Christopher Middleditch, a former director of Supercrete Auckland Limited, was fined $ 37,500 in February.