World Bearing Association launches anti-counterfeiting campaign

Product counterfeiting has grown substantially across the globe over the last 20 years. While much has been reported about consumers being taken advantage of by counterfeits within the music, film, home electronics and designer clothing industries, a far greater risk lies in industrial counterfeiting of items such as tyres, seals and bearings, many of which are safety-critical products. As a result, the World Bearing Association (WBA) has launched an campaign to raise awareness about potential safety hazards that arise from counterfeit bearings.

The WBA anti-counterfeiting information campaign will reach out to various audiences via emails, website banners, social media and the campaign site itself, www.stopfakebearings.com. Here, interested consumers can learn more about threats imposed by illegal counterfeiting and what is being done to stop it.

For many years the Schaeffler Group has successfully been fighting counterfeiting. Dr Juergen M Geissinger, President and CEO of Schaeffler Group, states: "We are seeking close contact with public authorities and we are co-operating closely with associations and other industrial companies in order to draw public attention to this issue time and time again. In doing so, we strictly adhere to a consistent zero-tolerance strategy. This means that we examine and pursue each and every case, also seemingly petty offences - worldwide!"

Counterfeiting also violates intellectual property, such as patents and trademarks. Because counterfeits look like and are marketed as genuine products, it normally takes a trained expert to identify them. The competent authorities and the manufacturer's brand concerned can also be contacted.

James W Griffith, WBA president and president and chief executive officer of the Timken Company, says: "Our initiative is aimed at sensitising the public on the dangers associated with counterfeits. The WBA is thus intensifying its anti-counterfeiting initiatives - that means information for customers on the one hand and consistent prosecution of offenders through the competent authorities on the other."

Premium manufacturers invest continuously to develop their technology and improve the quality and value of their products. Go to www.stopfakebearings.com to learn more.

Schaeffler (UK) Ltd

Unit 308, Fort Dunlop
Fort Parkway
BIRMINGHAM
B24 9FD
UNITED KINGDOM

+44 (0)121 313 5830

info.uk@schaeffler.com

www.schaeffler.co.uk

More news
16 hours ago
WDS reinforces stock availability with production machine upgrade
WDS Components has strengthened its stock availability of standard parts and components by upgrading its on-site production machinery.
23 hours ago
Bostik present details of new 2K cyanoacrylate prototype
Bostik’s Born2Bond R&D team has released details of a new cyanoacrylate-based adhesive prototype at the ‘in-adhesives’ event, proving how products are being developed for a near-future that will see instant adhesives used for long-term critical applications.
3 days ago
Virtual factory and showroom tours provide access to best practices
Mitsubishi Electric is opening up access to its factory automation sites and showrooms through virtual tours with the aim of overcoming the restrictions on in-person visits caused by the pandemic.
4 days ago
Food-safe, tribo-optimised coating increases packaging throughput
A packaging and processing machinery builder has reduced drag, improved rigidity, increased throughput and raised hygiene standards on one machine family by applying an iglidur IC-05 tribo-coating on a mitre bar application.
4 days ago
Unlocking the benefits of micromotors at Design Engineering Expo
Small DC motor supplier EMS will be exhibiting the Faulhaber BXT-SC series and the AM3248 stepper motor at this year’s Design Engineering Expo, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on June 8 to 9, 2022.
4 days ago
Advanced Engineering partners with SMMT and ADS
At this year’s Advanced Engineering UK, held at the NEC, Birmingham on 2-3 November, automotive and aerospace businesses will have the opportunity to meet with buyers from the sectors’ leading OEMs.
5 days ago
Telford based supplier has a handle on Truckman Tops
One of the UK’s best-known brands in the automotive aftermarket industry is Truckman, and the company’s new Truckman Classic hardtop for the Isuzu D-Max now features Vector T3 locking handles supplied by Industrilas.
5 days ago
Digital appraisal service reveals energy saving opportunities
A new digital service from ABB will enable industrial operators to maximise energy efficiency and boost sustainability by identifying motor-driven equipment in their facilities with the best energy-saving potential.
5 days ago
BCN3D and Henkel announce collaboration on VLM technology
BCN3D Technologies and Henkel Adhesive Technologies have announced a collaboration to develop formulations for the recently released Viscous Lithography Manufacturing (VLM) 3D printing technology.
6 days ago
Whitepaper details how smart sensors enable the Intelligent IoT
Farnell has published a free-to-download whitepaper to support electronic design engineers in their Internet of Things (IoT) journey. The paper, titled ‘Smart Sensors – Enabling the Intelligent IoT’, takes a deep dive into the world of sensor technology and how cutting-edge trends are taking the IoT to the next level.

Login / Sign up