A raid by West Yorkshire Trading Standards has resulted in the seizure of a stockpile of fake bearings, weighing around 1.5 tonnes.
Members of SKF Bearing Brand Protection team were present to help identify the forgeries. Other than bearings, a number of other automotive and industrial components were seized.
Paul Dysiewicz, SKF’s Engineering Manager, says: “Counterfeit industrial products like bearings are still a major concern for our UK customers who purchase them in good faith, believing them to be the genuine article. Customers who accidentally purchase counterfeit products are being cheated financially, risk damage to their machinery and incur expensive downtime as a result. They may also be liable to third party damages. We always recommend that, in order to safeguard authenticity, customers carefully select their supplier and always source their SKF bearings from trusted, authorised distributors.”
Fake bearings have become such a problem around the world that the seven largest producers have come together to tackle it. Between them they have formed the World Bearing Association and set up a website stopfakebearings.com to raise awareness.