Product piracy hurts

4.2 trillion

US$ drained from the global economy

5.4 million

jobs worldwide at risk

39 percent

of fakes posed danger to lives

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The WBA and its participating companies assist local law enforcement with information and identification of counterfeits, to help find and prosecute counterfeiters. We are frequently involved in raids and investigations of suspected counterfeit operations. This helps buyers, distributors and end users.

WBA is a non-profit and unincorporated industrial association. It was founded in 2006 by three major, regional bearing associations: The American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA), the Federation of European Bearing Manufacturers’ Associations (FEBMA) and the Japan Bearing Industry Association (JBIA). All together, we promote the common, lawful interests of the world bearing industry, such as open economic engagement, sustainable development and the protection of legal rights.

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JTEKT fights against counterfeiting

Japanese bearing manufacturer JTKET rises with a three step campaign awareness for fake bearings in Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines.

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NTN wins lawsuit against Chinese product pirates

A successful raid in Suzhou City ends with significant criminal fines and high compensations for bearing distributor in China.

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SKF destroys 15 tons of fake bearings

Counterfeit bearings with a market value of approximately €1 Million were destroyed in Greece, following the successful completion of legal proceedings commenced in 2009.

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SKF App helps detecting counterfeits

Since its launch two years ago, the app SKF Authenticate has helped to identify fake bearings. 50 percent of all requests were determined counterfeits.

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U.S. Customs stops huge fake roller bearing

Recently a huge 26” OD spherical roller bearing weighing massively 1,259 lbs was about to be shipped from China to Brazil – but luckily the fake bearing was seized by the US authorities.

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Schaeffler defends its brand rights successfully

Several containers with fake bearings, seized two years ago in France, have to be destroyed. In addition Schaeffler receives a considerable compensation for the image damage caused.

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