Posted on Fri, Jul 10th, 2015 in: Industry
Accidentally using counterfeit bearings can not only put businesses at risk, but most importantly it can also put human lives at risk. In the last 25 years, counterfeiting in general has grown by 10,000% worldwide. While there has been much reporting about consumers being taken advantage of by counterfeits in music, film, home electronics, and designer clothing, a far greater risk lies in the industrial counterfeiting of items such as bearings. Unfortunately, it's very difficult for one to tell the difference between a genuine bearing and a fake one. So what can one do to increase the odds that they are buying a genuine bearing?
The World Bearing Association (WBA) was a company founded in 2006 that helps consumers and businesses seek to avoid purchasing and using counterfeit bearings. The WBA is a non-profit industrial association founded by three regional bearing assocations: the American Bearing Manufacturers' Assocation (ABMA), the Federation of European Bearing Manufacturers' Association (FEMBA), and the Japan Bearing Industrial Association (JBIA). The WBA promotes the common interests of the bearing industry around the world, like open economic engagement, sustainable development and the protection of legal rights of companies.
"Our initiative is aimed at sensitizing the public on the dangers associated with counterfeits," says James W. Griffith, WBA president. "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."
Their main website is www.stopfakebearings.com, which is a website that features articles, resource links, and videos about helping the public become more aware of the dangers of using counterfeit bearings and what branded-bearing manufacturers are doing about it. The WBA's material is featured in five different languages, necessitated by the fact that this counterfeit problem is world-wide. The WBA anti-counterfeiting campaign is reaching out to various audiences through emails, web banners, social media, and the aforementioned website.
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