In the announcement, the manufacturer said that the Terex CC 2500-1 lattice boom crawler crane was the ‘model of choice’ for counterfeiters to copy.
Counterfeit products have been branded, offered for sale and sold as used Terex cranes for prices well under market value. They are either painted white using the Terex brand or red using the Demag brand, a spokesperson said.
The manufacturer added that units are often made up with technology and components that are not designed to work together and frequently exhibit poor weld quality, low grade steel structures, improperly fitted crawler tracks and are missing many safety components.
Klaus Meissner, Terex Cranes director of product strategy, said, “This is a serious situation, 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.
“Unfortunately, going by serial number alone will not determine with certainty that you are buying a genuine Terex crane, as these plates can be fake as well,” added Meissner. “Many of the counterfeit cranes were purchased either without an on-site inspection or through an inspection conducted by an unqualified person.”
Terex stresses the importance of conducting a thorough inspection of any used crane by a qualified individual prior to purchasing the machine. The manufacturer also asked that customers contact Terex if they need assistance in verifying if a model is genuine.
Author; Laura Hatton