Mt. Prospect, IL – NTN has announced the results of a joint raid that it participated in with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). The raid was conducted on bearing storage location near Charleston, SC, on June 25, 2014, after NCIS agents concluded that the warehouse was illegally distributing low-quality, counterfeited bearings directly to consumers.
The search resulted in the seizure of hundreds of fake NTN products, as well as counterfeited merchandise of several other major Japan- and US-based manufacturers.
The investigation was coordinated by NCIS and included engineers from major bearing corporations that volunteered to aid in the identification of the counterfeit parts. NTN application engineers supported US Naval agents in detecting suspect product and packaging with fake NTN company logos.
All of the suspicious products were confiscated and catalogued to assist in future prosecution and investigation of illegal bearing counterfeiting.
The raid was part of NTN’s continuing commitment to leading the fight against counterfeit bearings. NTN is an active member of the World Bearing Association, an assembly of bearing manufacturers that seek to ensure the safety of worldwide consumers. Over 80% of the products sold by NTN in North America are made by one of the eight plants the company operates in the USA and Canada.
For more information about stopping fake bearing sales, visit the World Bearing Association’s website stopfakebearings.com.