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Bearing manufacturer participates in counterfeiting raid in US

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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.


The search resulted in the seizure of hundreds of fake NTN products.
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The "Warehouse" the raid was conducted on was actually a residential home. The total volume of counterfeit bearings seized could fit in the trunk of a car. Side note, NCIS had returned numerous bearing back to the man in question because those bearing were legitimate ( and came from the same source as the NTN bearings). This family (father & son business) has been selling Filters and Bearings to manufactures all over the US for over 20 years. Doing the same thing they do today (buy low, sell at a great price). The father passed away last year in his sons arms leaving behind his mother who has dementia. The source of the products was his fathers source in which his father has been using for over 7 years. Why would anyone question a 7 year business relationship in regards to authenticity since that bridge had already been crossed?
Lastly, this family was selling, on average of $50k worth of belts, filters, and bearings per year. This was the only source of income for this family. There was a 30 day return policy and a warranty that came with each sale. Last time I checked, the guy who intentionally sells counterfeit goods typically does not offer a money back guarantee or warranty. I have never known this family to EVER take advantage of anyone and they have always gone out of their way to make sure everyone gets a fair deal even if it cost them money. But now they are being painted as criminals. Its very sad for everyone who was duped by the actual manufacturer who made these bearings (the real criminal in this case).

Posted August 12, 2014 08:02 AM

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