Counterfeit Zippo lighter production

In the United States, 12 million Zippo lighters are produced ever year in the only legitimate plant making official Zippo lighters.

Company officials estimate that up to 12 million counterfeit Zippo lighters are produced in factories in China every year as well.

Back in 2008, the company stated that anywhere from 5 to 50 percent of all Zippo lighters sold in the world were fakes.

Source: Barry Newman, “The Lighter Side of Counterfeiting Puts Zippo in a Fix,” Wall Street Journal, March 25, 2011.