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OLi

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If US add import duty on Chinese bearings, what brand would that be?
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A few years old, but related...https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/global-and-china-bearing-industry-report-2015-2018-300151192.html.

Personally I don't think I have seen a bearing from China except in doing maintenance on my lawn tractor.  Generally speaking I am offered three choices, Chinese, Japanese, American and on a few instances well known European.  The Chinese bearings are usually the least expensive but I've never purchased any.
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Hi Oli,

In which case we might all go for a proper European bearing like SKF / FAG and Japanese. American bearings are mostly Timken???? but I don't really know for sure. Both SKF and FAG embarked on a drive to highlight fake bearings (marked SKF / FAG) all suspected of coming out of China.  You probably all know this. rgds
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Yes it was the question btw. the lines. It is interesting to in fact impose a tax on fake bearings or I am wrong. If you look at bearings there are 6 main brands 2-3 European, 2 Japanese and it looks like Timken is the remaining US brand if that is the actual case. I do buy linear slides for my 3D printers from China and also spare balls when I drop them on the floor so there should be quite a few factories I guess. Skateboard size bearings are also easy to find. I have not looked for industrial size but surely they exist.
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"Skateboard size bearings are also easy to find." I am impressed that you still Skateboard!

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Nop but they are good to place rolls of PLA plastic filament on for 3D printers :-)
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I haven't done the proper testing myself and can only rely on comments from industry where Chinese bearings do not have a good reputation to say the least.  I know first hand of a pulp and paper person being flown to china with an original pump in search of someone to copy it.  And fake Rolex's, And cars. So I can really only believe that the copy culture is ingrained there. rgds
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We had an issue at one of our plants that had SKF bearing from India in a cooling tower gearbox that failed prematurely. Metallurgical analysis indicated an issue with the base metal. Didn't see the report so that's all I know. The guy at the plant checked our stock and returned the made in India bearings to SKF for replacement.  
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