I bought a set of Norton =.020 pistons on eBay from a shop that advertised them as Hepolite #19145, I just checked over the listing and it shows the pistons and rings in front of Hepolite boxes, and they were also shipped in Hepolite boxes, inside the pistons they are marked JCC whereas I remember the Hepolites being marked AE, is this a common occurance? , these were from a British site and being I thought they were genuine Hepolites I was prepared to pay more for them while the Chinese JCC's are available in N. America at a lower cost.
In 2011, the Company acquired the Hepolite brand, trademark and goodwill from the Federal Mogul Group. Originally Hepolite was a brand name of Hepworth & Grandage, who later merged with Wellworthy Pistons Ltd, to form A E Piston Products Ltd.
JCC private labels pistons for numerous suppliers in the trade.
Originally, some 25 years ago, the only source was Carfel, when they were based in Miami. Later Emgo, a Carfel competitor, began importing under their brand name. Harris private labeled them in the 1990's and JRC and Coventry import and sell them under the JCC brand.
JCC supplies pistons with or without rings and it is common for them to be sold bare with the dealer selecting the brand of ring. While the pistons will all be the same the brand of ring varies depending upon who distributes them.
The Original Hepolite factory shut years ago, Wassell bought the Hepolite name from Federal Mogul, Put them in a yellow box etc, The pistons have JCC cast in on the inside which indicates manufactured by The Jieh Chueng Ind. Co. Ltd. Taiwan. The piston rings are by Hastings,from the USA. On the launch eBay was flooded with these but after a lot of talk on various forums a few dealers I have been told just wanted to get rid as soon as possible but were not allowed to sell below a set price. eBay listings for these were very cleverly worded I thought.