OEM vs Genuine Spare Parts: What’s the right choice?

Today, there are many refrigeration compressor spare part offerings available on the market. So, if you’re looking for spare parts, you’ve likely come across the acronym OEM.

OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer, and usually refers to components that are less expensive than genuine parts but offer the same level of performance.

With this in mind, you might be wondering if you should rather opt for an OEM spare part, the difference between OEM and genuine parts, and where to get your hands on OEM spare parts for Grasso, Sabroe, Howden, Mycom and Bitzer refrigeration compressors.

What is an OEM really?

An OEM typically produces components that can be used as spare parts for another company’s product or machine. Traditionally, OEMs focus on business-to-business sales, while the original manufacturer tends to sell to the public or other end users.

OEM versus genuine spare parts

Is there a difference between OEM and genuine parts? To put it simply: No. In terms of quality, design and functionality, both OEM and genuine parts are practically identical. The only real difference is in the cost of the parts.

When it comes to a genuine part, it is installed during the manufacturing phase of a refrigeration compressor. Replacing it is typically more expensive as it comes standard with the branding and warranty of the compressor company. 
On the other hand, OEM spare parts are developed by the same manufacturer and sold without the logo or company branding. They are exactly the same as genuine spare parts but are offered at a lower cost to the company.

“At Spare Exparts, we purchase our parts from the original source,” says Tristan Buchinhoren, managing director and founder of Spare Exparts. “These OEM spare parts are reliable and offer the highest quality with much more value for your bottom line.”

Spare Exparts has a combined 30+ years of experience in the industrial refrigeration industry. We provide leading businesses across the world with OEM spare parts for Grasso, Sabroe, Howden, Mycom and Bitzer compressors of the highest quality.

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