Fake oil turns up in 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 deigned 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 …

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