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C&U Bearings Outperform Leading World Brands in Comparative Testing by Independent Lab

–  Rated superior to SKF, FAG, and ZEN in quality, performance, and price –

Plymouth, MI… C&U Americas, LLC, the North American subsidiary of the C&U Group, has announced that C&U bearings prevailed in a head to head teardown analysis of bearing quality, performance, and price in an independent 3rd party study. The testing, commissioned by global financial services company, UBS Limited, and conducted by an independent lab, validates the superiority of C&U bearings and confirms that the overall quality of C&U bearings has caught up with leading competitive brands, worldwide.

Independent tear down analysis

C&U bearings were tested against leading bearing makers using a proprietary bearing tear down analysis performed as a standard Source Qualification Inspection by a specialized independent laboratory in the U.S. The bearings that were tested are typically used in automotive applications for medium sized utility trucks and in small gearboxes and conveyor idlers used in industrial applications.

The test compared the identical bearing type (6208-2RS) from four suppliers: 1) SKF, 2) FAG (Schaeffler), 3) C&U (China), 4) ZEN (China), as purchased from the same aftermarket distributor. SKF and FAG were found to be largely comparable. But according to the test report, Chinese supplier, C&U, provided a very high-quality bearing overall that exceeded SKF and FAG in particular on the dimensional analyses and the seal design, which has important implications for expected lifetime. The Zen bearings fared less favorably in the comparison.  The results support the fact that C&U has effectively distanced themselves in terms of quality as compared to other Chinese bearing brands.

World-class quality, world class value

In addition to quality and performance, C&U bearings scored very high on value as well.  C&U bearings were available at a lower price than both the SKF and FAG equivalent bearings. According to Tom Rouse, President of C&U Americas, LLC, “We are delighted to have earned such a high recognition from this independent study because it reinforces the key promises we make to our customer in the marketplace – World Class Quality and World Class Value.”

C&U Americas offers a full line of bearing types and styles for use in original equipment manufacturing, aftermarket replacement, and MRO operations. The C&U portfolio includes over 30,000 types of bearings in a wide range of specifications and sizes ranging from 1.5mm ID to 4000mm OD.

As China’s largest bearing producer and one of the world’s top 10 bearing manufacturers, C&U utilizes the formidable production capabilities of its nine bearing manufacturing centers, 36 bearing plants, and 18 vertically integrated component plants to reach an annual production capacity of 930 million units. C&U Bearings are precision made in advanced manufacturing facilities that are independently certified for ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, IATF 16949:2016 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System, ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

From its North American headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan, C&U Americas is able to offer its NAFTA customers exceptional value along with complete application engineering and customer service support.