Terex Cranes is tracking recent reports of counterfeit Terex CC 2500-1 lattice boom crawler crane models originating from China. The company reported similar a incident in 2011.
The units are assembled, branded and sold well under market value as used Terex cranes. Most of the models reported to the company are painted red and use the manufacturer’s Demag brand. The primary markets of concern are China, South Korea, Singapore, India and Pakistan.
"We are aware of three different ‘designs’ of the CC 2500-1 crane on the market, and there are at least nine or 10 fake cranes that have been sold, all originating from China," said Klaus Meissner, director of product integrity for Terex Cranes. "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."
While the units resemble Terex cranes, they are often assembled with a combination of new and old technology and components that were not designed to work together. They are often missing many safety components and exhibit poor quality assembly.
"Unfortunately going by serial number alone will not determine with certainty if the purchaser is buying a genuine Terex crane, as these plates can be fake as well,” Meissner said. "Many of the counterfeit cranes were purchased either without an onsite inspection or through an inspection conducted by an unqualified person.”
The company recommends thorough inspections of used cranes before purchase, especially in the markets of concern. Customers can e-mail email@example.com with questions about a particular crane model.