Terex has issued another warning regarding counterfeit Terex/Demag crawler cranes, this time originating from South Korea.
Similar to reports in 2013 (see: Counterfeit Terex Demag warning) counterfeit models are being assembled, branded and sold as used Terex cranes, either painted in a Terex white or a Demag red. To date, the company’s CC 2500-1 lattice boom crawler crane seems to be the crane most commonly forged.
While they are made to look like Terex cranes they are typically assembled from a blend of older and newer technology and a mix and match of components not designed to work together. These counterfeit cranes can usually be spotted by poor weld quality, inferior steel structures and improperly fitted tracks. Additionally, many of the standard safety components are missing.
Klaus Meissner, director of product strategy for Terex Cranes, 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 you are buying a genuine Terex crane, as these plates can be fake as well. Many of the counterfeit cranes were purchased either without an on-site inspection or through an inspection conducted by an unqualified person. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
The company has stressed the importance of conducting a thorough inspection of any used cranes by a qualified individual prior to purchasing the machine, especially in the markets of concern. Should anyone have any concerns over the authenticity of a Terex crane, they should contact: Klaus.Meissner@terex.com