Chinese officials say DaVinci's ‘Italian' furniture made in China
July 14, 2011,
The report came several days after news broke on China Central TV reported a claim that furniture DaVinci said was made in Italy was made in China. The station also said customers were upset with DaVinci after buying furniture they thought was solid wood, but actually was made with particleboard.
The issue has arisen largely due to DaVinci's reputation for selling quality, higher end furniture made overseas, reports said.
At the press conference, a tearful company CEO Doris Phua also said that the Italian brands it sold were produced in Italy, China news source Eastday.com reported. She also accused a Chinese manufacturer mentioned in the CCTV report of copying DaVinci's designs.
Eastday.com said the Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau found that the furniture DaVinci said was imported was made in China and shipped to a bonded zone before it was stored in a Shanghai warehouse. Products that are transported to a bonded zone for at least one day are said to be imported rather than domestic, a bureau official told Eastday.com.
Chinese authorities continue to investigate the matter for possible violations of consumers' interests, China Daily said.