Counterfeit bearings use another brand’s name when that brand didn’t make it.
Between fiscal year 2012 and fiscal year 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has seized counterfeit bearing products through numerous entry ports. The World Bearing Association (WBA) and individual members of the WBA raided suspected Chinese facilities and found MILLIONS of counterfeit products since 2009.
Counterfeits are found in all sectors and detection is difficult.
- Counterfeiters are getting better
- Authentication is becoming more challenging
However, each authentic brand has unique overt/covert features and brand owners have designated experts assigned to authentication. ALWAYS contact the manufacturer. The best way to safeguard product authenticity is to source products through authorized sources. To watch a presentation on this subject, click here.