Terex has announced that it is aware of as many as 10 counterfeit cranes having been sold as genuine CC 2500-1 lattice boom crawler cranes.
The counterfeit cranes originate from China and are branded and sold as used Terex cranes. The cranes are priced well under market value and most of them are painted red and use the legacy Demag branding.
At this point, the primary markets that should be on the lookout for these fakes are the Asian countries of China, South Korea, Singapore, India and Pakistan.
This isn’t the first time the company has had to deal with fake cranes. Copycat manufacturers counterfeited the same crane model back in 2011.
“We are aware of three different ‘designs’ of the CC 2500-1 crane on the market, and there are at least 9 or 10 fake cranes that have been sold, all originating from China,” Klaus Meissner, director of product integrity for Terex Cranes, said in a prepared statement.
Terex says the fake cranes are often assembled of components and technology that are not designed to work together. The company warns against using the serial number plate to determine if a crane is genuine as those plats can be faked as well. The main symptoms of the counterfeit cranes are poor weld quality, inferior steel structures and improperly fitted tracks.
Many of the safety components standard in genuine Terex cranes are missing as well. Meissner said “many of the counterfeit cranes were purchased either without an on-site inspection or through an inspection conducted by an unqualified person,” stressing the importance of such checks.
“This is a serious situation, and, not only because this infringes on our intellectual property but, more importantly, it poses a serious safety risk for our customers. The use of these inferior, counterfeit cranes can result in deadly consequences,” he added.
For those with suspicions about the authenticity of a Terex crane they own or are considering purchasing, Terex can be reached on the matter via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to specify your model and concerns. Local sales teams can be contacted on the matter as well.You can find a listing by clicking here.