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Terex on the trail of counterfeit crawler cranes that pose serious safety risks

Terex Cranes is tracking recent reports of counterfeit versions of its CC 2500-1 lattice boom crawler crane originating from China.

The company said the units are being assembled, branded and sold as used Terex cranes well under market value. Most of the counterfeit cranes it has heard about are painted red, and use the manufacturer’s legacy Demag brand.

The primary markets of concern in this recent wave of crane pirating 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,” says Terex Cranes product integrity director Klaus Meissner.

Safety risk

“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.”

Terex said the pirated machines are made to look like Terex cranes, but are often assembled with a blend of older and newer technology and components not designed to work together.

Meissner says the counterfeit cranes often exhibit poor weld quality, inferior steel structures and improperly fitted tracks, while many of the safety components designed into genuine Terex cranes are missing.

“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,” he adds.
Customers concerned about the authenticity of a Terex crane they have already purchased or are considering purchasing can e-mail or their local sales teams.

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