RUSSIA: Counterfeit Bitzer refrigeration oil has been discovered for sale in Russia.
Trade Group, the refrigeration distribution arm of the Moscow-based Thermocool group, has issued a warning to customers after discovering a “small quantity” of the Bitzer-brand lubricant B5.2 on the market. The lubricant, a semi-synthetic oil, is designed for use with Bitzer R22 reciprocating and screw refrigeration compressors.
The packaging and labels of the counterfeit oil is said to be very similar to the authentic product but there are slight differences in the label and logo colour and size of the label. In addition, the counterfeit label has pronounced rounded corners.
Bitzer’s Russian subsidiary Bitzer CIS has warned that it cannot be responsible for the operation of refrigeration compressors with the counterfeit oil, the characteristics of which are unknown.
Bitzer is one of a number of leading brand global refrigeration manufacturers targeted by counterfeiters. In an extension of efforts to beat the pirates, the German compressor manufacturer announced the addition of QR codes to all its compressor products last year.
Although the source of the counterfeit oil is not revealed, product piracy has achieved highly sophisticated and professional results in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Most, if not all, the counterfeiting activity centres on China where unscrupulous product counterfeiters go to great lengths to fool the customer, often copying catalogue data and packaging to mislead buyers.
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