For NSK bearing company Made in Japan means made in China

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For NSK bearing company Made in Japan means made in China

Post by Sandblaster » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:28 am

Well... Interesting situation just came up...
Building a KX500 engine with all OEM bearings....
We were installing the clutch pressure plate bearing when we noticed the following..
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NSK is using Chinese bearings and putting their Made in Japan label on it...

Think it's a fluke?
NO WAY MAN!!!!!
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I am not a happy man right now...
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Re: For NSK bearing company Made in Japan means made in China

Post by Sandblaster » Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:06 pm

I contacted our supplier and as is understandable they do not have any control over what they get sent.
That is why I am not naming the suppliers name as they are good people.
However, they are going to contact Kawasaki and see if this is something normal.
Updates as they become available... :geek:
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Re: For NSK bearing company Made in Japan means made in China

Post by Sandblaster » Thu May 12, 2016 11:44 pm

No update was ever given on this issue...
So, I stopped using this supplier and started getting all my parts from our local Kawasaki dealer...

Guess what?
They are using the same Chinese bearing...
It says "CHINA" on the bearing and once again the packaging says "Made in Japan"
MORE CHINESE BEARINGS FROM NSK.JPG
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Come on Kawasaki.... :x
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