PETALING JAYA: SKF recently supported Malaysian authorities in a raid against a company trading counterfeit bearings in Sabah. According to a statement issued by SKF, during the raid, more than 1,300 counterfeit SKF-branded products and boxes with counterfeit packaging and marking tools were seized. A wide range of products was seized, including goods used in palm-oil production, agricultural machinery, but also automotive spare parts. Every year, SKF's Brand Protection Team participates in more than 100 raids against retailers, distributors and manufacturers of counterfeit products across all continents. According to SKF, counterfeit bearings are not manufactured in traditional factories – they are made in small workshops, through illegal re-branding of low-cost, unreliable products with brand names of global brands, like SKF. This tricks end-users into believing they have purchased premium products, with SKF specifications and quality. If end-users get counterfeit bearings in their plants, it could pose a risk to their equipment, business and people. The easiest way to verify authenticity is via the SKF Authenticate App (available for free via Apple AppStore and Google Play) or send their enquiries to email@example.com.