In a judgment dated 19 June 2014, the District Court of Västerås in Sweden has found SweFrame Port Equipment AB guilty of copyright infringements, having unlawfully reproduced copies of some 18,000 of Bromma’s drawings, manuals and similar documents with respect to its second generation all-electric yard crane spreaders.
Last year a Swedish court imposed fines on two of Sweframe’s employees for similar copyright infringements.
In this latest incident, Sweframe has been prohibited from further reproducing or distributing Bromma’s documents under penalty of a fine of SEK 10,000 (US$1500) per document. The court has also ordered that the documents be confiscated from SweFrame and be destroyed by the Swedish police.
In a statement from Cargotec, Bromma’s parent company, the company said that the Court had confirmed the company’s view that SweFrame had committed copyright infringements. Cargotec stated that it now remains to receive satisfactory compensation for the infringement, and that it will appeal against the Court’s decision not to award any damages.
Headquartered in Stockholm, Bromma is recognised as the world leader in spreaders for ship-to-shore, mobile harbour and yard cranes, delivering to 500 terminals in 90 nations on six continents; its products are in service at 97 out of the world’s largest 100 container ports today.
The company is a pioneer in the industry, focussing on lifting container handling productivity through its all-electric Greenline™ spreaders and recent Green Zone™ port productivity applications, such as Roadmap™, Fleet Doctor™ and Work Order™ .
Also based in Sweden, Sweframe was founded in 2010 by a number of former Bromma employees and also manufactures container crane spreaders, independent of any original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or other parties within the business.
On its website, the company states that it has: “engaged some of the most experienced spreader professionals in the world to create a high quality spreader for the demanding container handling environment”.
It adds: “These individuals were part of building a Swedish spreader company to a world market leader and they have designed, sold and serviced the majority of the crane spreaders put into service globally in the last 15 years. The team has experience of customers in over 100 countries around the world and has done business with the major OEMs in the business”.
SweFrame is owned by a Consortium of private industrialists, selected from several heavy industries in Sweden.