Fighting the Counterfeiting Mafia
At a foundry in Linqing, in the middle of Shandong Province in eastern China, six trucks stand in a courtyard, each filled with counterfeit roller bearings in plastic bags. One after another, the bags are tossed into a burning hot smelter.
The names of well-known German brand names INA and FAG, both owned by the German company Schaeffler are visible on the roller bearings. In the last few months, Chinese authorities raided more than 300,000 counterfeit parts made to resemble German manufacturer Schaeffler’s two brands, and are destroying them, in a public display of incineration. Chinese television crews stand by to film it all.