Canadian armoured-vehicle maker not flattered by foreign imitation

The armoured-vehicle industry – supplying people who anticipate being attacked while driving – can be wild, woolly and intensely competitive, but one Canadian manufacturer says a foreign rival has crossed the line.Inkas Group of Companies, a Toronto firm in the business for 23 years, is battling what it alleges is a copycat of sorts: an armoured-vehicle maker in the Middle East operating under the same name and logo.

It says this doppelganger in the defence and security business, Inkas Vehicles LLC in the United Arab Emirates, is sowing confusion among customers from Ukraine to Nigeria and represents a threat to its reputation.Inkas is looking to the Canadian government, among others, for help. “We’re manufacturers. We’re not politicians. We have no idea how to deal with this issue,” said Roman Shimonov, vice-president of marketing and business development at Inkas in Toronto.Over the decades, as the international market for fortified …