Tower cranes

The tower cranes division recorded a gratifying increase in turnover of 26 million € or 6.3 % to a total of 440 million € for the 2015 business year.

Notable overall features of the world tower cranes market in the past year were greater price awareness and increased competitive pressure. Some European competitors increasingly introduced cranes built in emerging markets to the European market.

The division’s turnover rose in Western Europe: there was an upward trend in sales revenue in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland in particular. Although turnover went down in Germany, there was a very dynamic development in Turkey. The division’s turnover from the American continent went up, and in the USA in particular, the business year was most successful. The highest growth rates in the Near and Middle East were recorded in the United Arab Emirates and in Qatar. In the Far East and Australia region, the division achieved high rates of growth in Thailand, and was therefore able to record an increase in total turnover. Sales revenue was distinctly lower in Eastern Europe and in Africa.

Deliveries of top-slewing cranes and mobile construction cranes were both higher than in the previous year, however fewer bottom-slewing cranes were delivered.

In May 2015, the division secured its largest individual order to date for no fewer than 58 tower cranes to work on the new airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Another significant order was placed with the division in connection with the new Lakhta Tower in St. Petersburg, Russia, which at 462 m will be the highest building in Europe. For construction work on this building the division supplied four luffing cranes, together with six top-slewing cranes to be used at the base of the tower on the building.

Liebherr was also granted an order by a customer in Azerbaijan for four luffing cranes for a tower building complex in Baku.

The division’s research and development work was devoted to a number of projects: the production company in Pamplona, Spain, developed a new tower system and also a crane intended for the Indian market. The Indian production company began to build a prototype of this crane early in 2016.

Among the innovations in the bottom-slewing crane area was the L1-24, the first model in a new series of hydraulic construction cranes, and one notable for easy assembly. Series production commenced early in 2016 and the crane was exhibited to the public for the first time in March.

The tower cranes division recorded a gratifying increase in turnover of 26 million € or 6.3 % to a total of 440 million € for the 2015 business year.

Notable overall features of the world tower cranes market in the past year were greater price awareness and increased competitive pressure. Some European competitors increasingly introduced cranes built in emerging markets to the European market.

The division’s turnover rose in Western Europe: there was an upward trend in sales revenue in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland in particular. Although turnover went down in Germany, there was a very dynamic development in Turkey. The division’s turnover from the American continent went up, and in the USA in particular, the business year was most successful. The highest growth rates in the Near and Middle East were recorded in the United Arab Emirates and in Qatar. In the Far East and Australia region, the division achieved high rates of growth in Thailand, and was therefore able to record an increase in total turnover. Sales revenue was distinctly lower in Eastern Europe and in Africa.

Deliveries of top-slewing cranes and mobile construction cranes were both higher than in the previous year, however fewer bottom-slewing cranes were delivered.

In May 2015, the division secured its largest individual order to date for no fewer than 58 tower cranes to work on the new airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Another significant order was placed with the division in connection with the new Lakhta Tower in St. Petersburg, Russia, which at 462 m will be the highest building in Europe. For construction work on this building the division supplied four luffing cranes, together with six top-slewing cranes to be used at the base of the tower on the building.

Liebherr was also granted an order by a customer in Azerbaijan for four luffing cranes for a tower building complex in Baku.

The division’s research and development work was devoted to a number of projects: the production company in Pamplona, Spain, developed a new tower system and also a crane intended for the Indian market. The Indian production company began to build a prototype of this crane early in 2016.

Among the innovations in the bottom-slewing crane area was the L1-24, the first model in a new series of hydraulic construction cranes, and one notable for easy assembly. Series production commenced early in 2016 and the crane was exhibited to the public for the first time in March.

Liebherr built the first examples of the Liebherr 150 EC-B 8r top-slewing crane at its Russian production company. Also in 2015, the first Type MK 140 mobile construction cranes were delivered to customers in Switzerland, England, France and Germany.

For the 357 HC-L 12 / 24 and 542 HC-L 18 / 36 luffing cranes, the division developed a 160-kW driveline that increases speed by 25 % when there is no load on the hook. The 710 HC-L was extremely well received by the market. As an option this crane has a second hook that can be used to turn the load.

At the 2015 “Intermat” trade fair in Paris, France, Liebherr exhibited a new development, the LiUP 200 crane driver elevator. The lift system is powered by a lithium-ion battery. Since the LiUP is located inside the tower, it has definite advantages when being assembled and dismantled compared with competitors’ products. At the end of 2015, the division added a small dismantling

crane to its product programme. It provides the customer with a straightforward, safe means of removing the building struts used with Liebherr top-slewing cranes. Of modularelement design, it consists of the dismantling device and a specific type of support arm for the tower in question.

The division undertook various investments during 2015, especially in Biberach an der Riss, Germany. In summer, work began on replacing the existing painting equipment for large items with a highly automated powder-coating plant for large structural steelwork elements. In addition, the division expanded its fleet of equipment for hire, especially in France and South Germany. There was also further investment in machinery and in the plant in Pamplona.

In 2016 the division expects its turnover to increase again, due, among other factors, to the introduction of new products and technologies to the market. These include the new L1 crane series. In the current year, the division will again pursue its activities in a business climate notable for severe competition and pressure on prices.

Product range Tower Cranes

Liebherr offers tower cranes and mobile construction cranes for a wide range of requirements.