November 5 - Terex Cranes is tracking recent reports of counterfeit Terex crawler crane models originating from China, with the CC 2500-1 lattice boom crawler crane the model of choice for copycat manufacturers.
The primary markets of concern in this most recent wave of crane pirating are the Asian countries of China, South Korea, Singapore, India and Pakistan, where the manufacturer says units are assembled, branded and sold as used Terex cranes well under market value.
While made to look like Terex models, the pirated cranes are often assembled with a blend of older and newer technology and components that were not designed to work together; frequently exhibiting poor weld quality, inferior steel structures and improperly fitted tracks.
Terex has stressed 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.
"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," says Klaus Meissner, director of product integrity at Terex Cranes.
Terex has established an email address - firstname.lastname@example.org - for customers to inquire about the authenticity of the Terex crane they have purchased or are considering purchasing.
"If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is," Meissner added.