Product piracy hurts
We help to identify counterfeit productsDon’t let fake bearings break your business. If you suspect that you may have purchased or distributed counterfeits, contact the World Bearing Association (WBA) immediately. Together, we can find a way to avert greater damage to you and your customers. All our members have specialists on board, who can help you reliably recognize counterfeits, reduce the legal consequences and finally eliminate the fake products.
- Don’t try to identify fake bearings on your own
- Contact the premium brand manufacturer instead
- Take photos and gather information of suspected counterfeit products
- Don’t contact those who might be involved in illegal counterfeiting activities
- The best way to safeguard authenticity is to buy from trusted sources
Detect fake bearings:
Be aware of product piracy
Sometimes they are badly refurbished originals no longer meeting quality standards, sometimes they are just fake. Tons of low-quality bearings are labeled with false brand markings to justify a higher price. They look like, and are marketed as, genuine, premium brand products. Even the packaging is skillfully imitated. So let’s face it: fake bearings are difficult to detect. They won’t be scratched, rusty or dirty. They won’t necessarily even be cheaper. But still, beware of those “too good to be true” prices that are below market value and have unusual availability.
One effective way to identify counterfeit bearings with certainty is with the help of premium brand manufacturers. Companies participating in the WBA assist you and local law enforcement with information and identification of counterfeits, to help find and prosecute counterfeiters.
And please keep in mind: All suspicious activities need to be communicated first to the premium brand manufacturer and the authorities before you contact your distributor or supplier. Sharing suspicions with them may lead to destruction of evidence and hiding of information, putting investigations at risk.
Don’t let illegal trade break your businessWhen you decide to buy brand premium products, you have high expectations for quality, durability and dependability. But when you pay for premium and get average, or even downright faulty or old refurbished products, you’re not getting what you paid for. And fake bearings not only harm your finances but they can also pose danger to operations and human lives.
The best way to protect yourself:
Always turn to trusted sources for all your bearing purchases.
Danger to operationsFake bearings can degrade and fail quickly. At best, this will only lead to equipment downtime and repair.
Lives at riskImagine fake bearings installed in hospital equipment. You see, counterfeits can not only cause shutdowns in mills and production facilities, but also serious accidents.
Criminal prosecutionNot only suspected manufacturers but also dealers can face criminal prosecution, in addition to civil litigation. When you purchase or sell fake products, you become part of the counterfeiting trade!
Use trusted sourcesPremium brands are subject to counterfeiting, worldwide. Everywhere. Every minute. To protect yourself, your business and the public from fake bearings, always turn to trusted sources. The WBA represents the leading global bearing companies. All our participating companies are associated with impeccable engineering and superior quality. To find a trusted partner, click on the company logos below the map to get more details on individual company initiatives.
The Timken Company designs a growing portfolio of engineered bearings and power transmission products. The leading authority on tapered roller bearings, and with more than a century of knowledge and innovation, Timken continuously improves the reliability and efficiency machinery and equipment to move the world forward.
Headquartered in the United States, Timken employs more than 18,000 people globally, operating from 35 countries.
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Read about our current initiativesAll our members work hard to keep counterfeits away from the market. On a daily basis we help identifying plagiarism, and prosecuting fake manufacturers.
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Awareness comes before action. Help your associates, customers and friends to protect themselves against counterfeits by letting them know about the problem.
WBA is more than happy to provide communication materials for this purpose. We are dedicated to informing about problems with counterfeiting of premium brand bearings and to assisting supplier, distributors, and supplier law enforcement agents in the identification and eradication of product piracy.
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