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Welsh company ‘relieved’ after Aldi pull almost identical children’s climbing frame

25 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
A child on a Triclimb frame.

 

Aldi have said that they will not sell a children’s toy product after a Welsh company pointed out that it was almost identical to and had the same name as theirs.

Porthmadog-based Triclimb say that Aldi copied their product, taking their design and product name, and were “in shock” after seeing it was due to be sold in supermarkets.

But Aldi responded to say that even though “aim to provide our customers with similar quality products to leading brands, but at a fraction of the price” they have decided not to go ahead with sales.

“On this occasion, we have decided that this product will not go on sale as planned and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused,” a spokesperson said.

“We always listen to feedback and would be happy to meet with Triclimb to discuss their concerns. ”

Triclimb said that they thanked Aldi for taking the matter seriously and acknowledging the mistake. “We’re really relieved,” they said.

Saran Hickey, Business Wholesale Manager of Triclimb Ltd told S4C News the company had been “in shock”.

“What scared me most was that the design itself was exactly what we sold at Triclimb,” she said.

She said that Aldi appeared to be infringing their trademark by using the same name as their company.

“When companies are small, in the beginning, it is very hard, and things like this, it is enough to destroy a great company,” she said, noting that her company only had four members of staff.

“It just takes a creative spark that individuals, this company has created from their hearts, and ruins it.”

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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
27 days ago

Most big companies are scum!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
27 days ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

To be fair, Aldi have apologised and withdrawn the product. I applaud Aldi for their stance on the use of the Welsh language in their stores in Wales. Welsh first always on tannoy announcements and Welsh signage in larger letters and always above the english version. Da iawn nhw.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
27 days ago
Reply to  Gill Jones

Same for Lidl at least they keep a good range of Welsh dairy products unlike their competitors…

Gloyw
Gloyw
27 days ago
Reply to  Gill Jones

They had to withdraw it because they are openly violating trademark law. So long as thre are no real consequences they are happy.

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