An Indonesian company, named PT Esta Raya Mandiri (ERM)/ Terminal Teknik headquartered in Jakarta was recently forced to publicly apologize to customers for selling counterfeit bearings. The apology, published in a major Indonesian newspaper, contains these words which clearly indicate the risks when purchasing or using counterfeit SKF products;
“Counterfeit products usually fail to meet SKF strict quality standards. Counterfeits usually breakdown prematurely and leads to downtime and possibly costly damage to machinery”.
The public admission of dealing in counterfeit bearings and related products will no doubt damage ERM/Terminal Teknik’s reputation and send a signal to many dealers and customers in Indonesia not to risk doing business with them, and to be aware of the counterfeit activity in the country.