Terex Cranes has identified eight lattice-boom crawler cranes as counterfeits of its products in the Henan Province of China and is undertaking legal action in cooperation with Chinese government authorities. The cranes were being sold as used Terex Demag models. In recent months, Liebherr Cranes and Tadano have also reported similar counterfeiting problems.
While Terex is concerned with possible misappropriation of intellectual property, and potential damage to its corporate identity, the company said its first concern is safety. A statement from the company said that it “believes that these counterfeit cranes pose a safety hazard due to their mix of different design features and unmatched components.”
Buyers of cranes being sold as used in China should check the authenticity and seek the support of Terex Cranes as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). It takes more than checking serial numbers as those are easy to forge. A physical inspection and careful evaluation of photographs along with serial number verification is necessary for official authentication.