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The eBearing News
March 17, 2006

Bearing 2006 Set for Italy in May
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Bearing 2006, the 9th annual world wide bearing conference and trade show display, is set for May 26 through 28.

In a different country each year, organizer Ian McPherson announced the 2006 event is being hosted in Italy, at the Regina Palace Hotel on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

Lake Maggiore is a 70km-long glacier-formed lake, extending from the Piedmont and Lombardy regions of northern Italy into Switzerland. Regina Palace Hotel, built in 1908, is a four-star hotel on the lakeshore in Stresa.

Formal programs and conference displays are set for May 26 - 28.

Mid-sized events, the Bearing conferences host manufacturer and distributor representatives from dozens of countries, in an atmosphere conducive to establishing and maintaining contacts throughout the industry. Relationships, ideas and information are built and exchanged in a structured but informal environment.

In addition, there will be a tour of the Prosino s.r.l. bearing ring factory on the 26th.

Continuing a process begun in 2005, a major focus of Bearing 2006 will be discussion and development efforts to establish a Bearing Industry Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct has already established some key principles, in particular focusing efforts to eradicate some of the bearing industry's most problematic practices:
• Counterfeit branding and packaging
• Re-badged or re-marked bearings
• Rings and packaging not marked with their true country of origin
• Ensuring all component modifications are clearly marked on rings and packaging
• Establishing penalties for breaches of the Code, enforced on a Worldwide proof basis
(i.e. Offenders may face cancellation of Insurances for both Companies and Directors)

An example of a practice the Code of Conduct seeks to eliminate:
One particular eastern European bearing manufacturer ("A", in country "B") has threatened action against eBearing after we questioned their business practices. "A" is and presents itself as a bearing manufacturer, with design and engineering resources. However, for all high-volume ball bearings, "A" has long contracted with a bearing manufacturer in China for finished inners and outers, marked with "A"'s part number, company trademark, and country "B". The finished components are shipped from China, along with rolling elements, retainers and unmarked seals, to "A" in eastern Europe. "A" then simply assembles the components, performing no machining, grinding or secondary operations, and in fact rarely performing any quality control or inspection. These finished bearings are then wrapped, packaged and sold to OEM and replacement customers worldwide as bearings manufactured by "A" in country "B". With considerable effort -- and immense help from several of our key Asian contacts -- eBearing was able to track the finished components back to the source in China. The source freely admitted its role (and offered to produce for us, too, "any brand"). eBearing then contacted "A", presented the findings and asked the company to justify its presentation of the bearings as domestically manufactured. Since then, the company's President has alternated various threats with assertions that what "A" does is a, "common and accepted bearing industry practice around the world."
The majority of the days' programs will be, "the usual," presentations, meetings, networking opportunities, tours and social events.

At least 80 exhibitor display sites will be available, with Internet access, phone, power and lighting.

Full days of optional activities are scheduled for the 25th and 29th, the day before and following the formal conference.

Conference website links:

Bearing conference contact information
Registration and pricing information
Printable registration form
Online registration
Third party booking agents across the world
Information for exhibitors

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- by Bruce A. Carr
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