In 2015 the earthmoving division recorded a turnover of 2,088 million €, an increase of 168 million € or 8.8 % compared with the previous year’s figure.
Within the earthmoving business sector, there was clearly negative development on all the major sales markets. The overall numbers of machines delivered dropped significantly, with Germany and the USA as the sole exceptions. Business volume in the material handling business sector was further decreasing.
There was an upturn in the division’s turnover in Western Europe, reaching a highly dynamic level in Germany and the Netherlands in particular. In Turkey, the turnover developed positively as well. In America and in the Far East and Australia region, Liebherr recorded significant success. Within these regions, the business year was especially successful in the USA and Canada, as well as in some Southeast Asian countries and Australia.
These increases in turnover contrasted with decreases in Eastern Europe and Africa, and also in the Near and Middle East.
Liebherr recorded distinct growth in the duty-cycle crawler crane, material handling machinery, crawler tractor and wheel loader areas. Sales revenue from crawler excavators remained at the previous year’s level, while wheeled excavators underwent a downward trend. Increased sales revenue was also achieved in the spare parts and service area.
A major contract was the delivery of 51 Type HS 825 HD dutycycle crawler cranes to a Turkish customer. The first two Type HS 8300 HD 300-tonne duty-cycle crawler cranes were shipped to Italy and Mexico during the same period.
Development priorities included projects in driveline technology, work-cycle automation and driver and service assistance system areas. The division also examined questions relating to autonomous machines and digitised construction sites. Modular machine concepts are to be drawn up for all product lines. Furthermore, Liebherr continued development work on modular control systems.
Among the principal product development activities were the introduction of machines complying with level IV exhaust emissions and the validation of new machines for emerging markets. Parallel to this, development work began on machines that comply with level V exhaust emission limits.
In the crawler excavator area, Liebherr continued development work on a hydraulic hybrid machine, and on a new hydraulic system for excavators with a service weight above 40 tonnes. Last year, the division began work on a new concept for the crawler excavator programme with service weights between 20 and 40 tonnes. The production company in Telfs, Austria, enlarged its telescopic loader programme. Further priorities were the ongoing development of Generation 6 crawler tractors and loaders complying with level IV exhaust emission limits, and drawing up options for specific markets. Generation 6 model development also began in the pipelaying product area. The new XPower large wheel loaders with level IV exhaust emission compliance were a milestone in the technical history of Liebherr’s wheel loaders. XPower is an innovative, integral machine concept for Types L 550 to L 586. Its powersplit travel gear is a standard feature. A new material handling machine is the LH 110 C High Rise Port.
In April 2015, Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH, Austria, announced the new HS 8130 HD hydraulic duty-cycle crawler crane for special deep-foundation and material handling work with further improvements to the hydraulics compared with previous models. In the same month, the company introduced the new LRB 355 piling and drilling rig, developed specifically for full-displacement drilling. An important development in the deep-foundation area was the LV 20 hydraulic vibrator.
In April 2015 too, Liebherr opened a logistics centre for earthmoving machine parts in Kirchdorf an der Iller, Germany. Liebherr-France SAS built a new service facility in Pons and in 2016 the company will establish a further sales and service subsidiary in Rognac, Southern France. In Bischofshofen in Austria, Liebherr enlarged its production capacity and its rental equipment fleet.
A cooperation between Liebherr-Werk Telfs GmbH and the Claas Group was announced in June 2015. There are plans to develop, manufacture and supply telescopic-boom loaders. Series production of these machines is scheduled to start in 2018. This cooperation will give Liebherr access to sales potential in agriculture.
For 2016 the division expects its turnover to rise slightly despite a difficult business climate.