June 09, 2015

Counterfeit Butterfly Valve in Turkey Bearing Fraudulent FM APPROVED Mark

  • Type of Notification: Counterfeiting
  • FM Approval Status: Not FM Approved

Alert Summary

FM Approvals has been made aware of the existence of an indicating butterfly valve produced to resemble a similar FM Approved valve made by Fivalco. The counterfeit valve includes the FM Approvals marking, but is NOT FM Approved. The counterfeit valve was discovered in Turkey.


Indicating Butterfly Valve


Unknown manufacturer

Nameplate Data

Product is labeled with the name Fivalco, Inc.”

Hazard Involved

The counterfeit product has never been tested or examined by FM Approvals so the quality of the product is unknown. Examples of potential quality issues may include, but are not limited to, stem and seat leakage, degradation after cycling, inadequate protection from excess hand wheel torque, and the unknown reliability of the indicators.

Suspect Counterfeiting?

If you suspect you are in possession of a counterfeit Fivalco Indicating Butterfly Valve (IBV) bearing the FM Approvals certification marking, please bring that to the attention of:

Antonio Pires

Norwood, MA, United States

+1 (1) 781-255-4825


Counterfeit Indicator

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    Figure 1

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    Figure 2

Figure 1. Counterfeit Valve

Figure 2. Authentic Fivalco model DG Indicating Butterfly Valve