Also banned from participating in trade for five years.
In March 2010, Swedish police raids in Stockholm and Avesta turned up thousands of counterfeit bearings products masquerading as genuine items from the SKF Group.
On Tuesday, a Swedish court found sentenced one man guilty of violating Swedish trademark law in regards to the SKF items. He was sentenced to a year’s jail time and has been banned him participating in trade for five years.
“While this case was in Sweden, Canada is also a market for counterfeit operations, targeting several industrial brands and trademarks,” said Lars Ruuth, marketing manager, SKF Canada Limited. “We need to work together to protect the public interest of safe and reliable machinery. The SKF Group has a zero tolerance policy against counterfeit operations and those that trade them.”
Just last year, The Timken Company was twice made aware of counterfeit bearings masquerading as Timken products entering the Canadian market.
Both The Timken Company and the SKF Group are members of the World Bearing Association , an organization comprised of the world’s top bearing manufacturers that is dedicated to spreading awareness about counterfeit bearing products.