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Terex warns ‘deadly’ counterfiet cranes are in market

Terex Cranes is warning buyers of second hand crawler cranes that it is tracking reports of counterfeit Terex crawler cranes originating from China

Terex Cranes is warning buyers of second hand crawler cranes that it is tracking reports of  counterfeit crawler cranes originating from China

Terex Cranes is warning buyers of second hand crawler cranes that it is tracking reports of counterfeit crawler cranes originating from China

Terex Cranes is warning buyers of second hand crawler cranes that it is tracking reports of  counterfeit Terex crawler cranes originating from China, saying that it knows of 9 or 10 of the fake machines have been sold.

Terex says that its CC 2500-1’s has become “the crane model of choice for the copycat manufacturers”. According to the company, the units are assembled, branded and sold as used Terex cranes well under market value. Also, majority of the counterfeit crane models reported to Terex Cranes have been painted red and used the manufacturer’s legacy Demag brand.

Terex reported similar problems from counterfeiters in 2011. The main markets of concern in the most recent wave of crane pirating are China, South Korea, Singapore, India and Pakistan.

In response the company has set up an email ‘hotline’ where customers can inquire about Terex crane models they have bought, or are considering buying. In most cases, the counterfeit machines were not properly inspected prior to purchase.

Klaus Meissner, director of product integrity for Terex Cranes, described the situation as serious.

“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,” said Meissner.

“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.”

According to Meissner, while the pirated cranes are made to look like Terex units, they often assembled with a blend of older and newer technology and components that were not designed to work together.

“These counterfeit cranes frequently exhibit poor weld quality, inferior steel structures and improperly fitted tracks. Additionally, many of the safety components designed into a genuine Terex crane are missing.”

Examining a crane’s serial number alone will not be sufficient to determine if it is the genuine item, since fake plates can be added. Many of the counterfeit cranes were purchased either without an on-site inspection or through an inspection conducted by an unqualified person, and Terex is stressing the importance of conducting a thorough inspection of the used crane by a qualified individual prior to purchasing the machine, especially in the markets of concern.

Spare parts for cranes or even entire models have long been a popular target for counterfeiters in China, due to the high market value of the genuine item.

Meissner offered an additional piece of advice to those entering the used crane market in Asian countries. “If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is,” he says. “Call us, and we will be happy to assist you in verifying that it is a genuine Terex crane.”

Customers who have inquiries about the authenticity of a Terex crane they have already purchased or are considering purchasing can e-mail terexcranes.brandcheck@terex.com.

 

Terex Cranes is warning buyers of second hand crawler cranes that it is tracking reports of  counterfeit Terex crawler cranes originating from China, saying that it knows of 9 or 10 of the fake machines have been sold.

Terex says that its CC 2500-1’s has become “the crane model of choice for the copycat manufacturers”. According to the company, the units are assembled, branded and sold as used Terex cranes well under market value. Also, majority of the counterfeit crane models reported to Terex Cranes have been painted red and used the manufacturer’s legacy Demag brand.

Terex reported similar problems from counterfeiters in 2011. The main markets of concern in the most recent wave of crane pirating are China, South Korea, Singapore, India and Pakistan.

In response the company has set up an email ‘hotline’ where customers can inquire about Terex crane models they have bought, or are considering buying. In most cases, the counterfeit machines were not properly inspected prior to purchase.

Klaus Meissner, director of product integrity for Terex Cranes, described the situation as serious.

“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,” said Meissner.

“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.”

According to Meissner, while the pirated cranes are made to look like Terex units, they often assembled with a blend of older and newer technology and components that were not designed to work together.

“These counterfeit cranes frequently exhibit poor weld quality, inferior steel structures and improperly fitted tracks. Additionally, many of the safety components designed into a genuine Terex crane are missing.”

Examining a crane’s serial number alone will not be sufficient to determine if it is the genuine item, since fake plates can be added. Many of the counterfeit cranes were purchased either without an on-site inspection or through an inspection conducted by an unqualified person, and Terex is stressing the importance of conducting a thorough inspection of the used crane by a qualified individual prior to purchasing the machine, especially in the markets of concern.

 

Spare parts for cranes or even entire models have long been a popular target for counterfeiters in China, due to the high market value of the genuine item.

Meissner offered an additional piece of advice to those entering the used crane market in Asian countries. “If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is,” he says. “Call us, and we will be happy to assist you in verifying that it is a genuine Terex crane.”

Customers who have inquiries about the authenticity of a Terex crane they have already purchased or are considering purchasing can e-mail terexcranes.brandcheck@terex.com.

 

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