On the third day of the trade fair, Alexander Baumann, the Mayor of Ehingen / Donau, and Heiner Scheffold, District Administrator of the Alb-Donau district, visited Liebherr at Bauma. During their visit, the two politicians learned about alternative drive concepts, digitalisation and the current market situation at Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH – the largest employer in the Alb-Donau district in Southern Germany.
Energy transition with cranes from Ehingen
Presenting the company's wide product range, Dr Ulrich Hamme, Managing Director of Design and Development at Liebherr in Ehingen, emphasised the great importance of alternative drive options. They are currently already in series production or in various stages of development: "These innovations play an important role in reducing CO2 emissions. We are also presenting some of them at this year's Bauma, for example the compact crane with hybrid engine, LTC 1050-3.1E in combination with a battery storage system." Furthermore, he explained how important alternative fuels are in this context. As an example, Dr Hamme mentioned HVO (hydrogenated vegetable oil), which can be used as a diesel alternative for refuelling existing fleets.
Whether for the installation of wind turbines or the construction of hydroelectric power plants – mobile and crawler cranes from Ehingen are indispensable for the energy transition. "Many customers from all over the world strengthened their partnership with Liebherr at the trade fair and placed new orders," said Daniel Pitzer, Commercial Director of the Liebherr plant in Ehingen, drawing a positive interim conclusion after the first two days.
Positive future prospects for plant expansion
District Administrator Heiner Scheffold was impressed by the positive business situation and the prospects for the Liebherr plant in Ehingen. "As the largest employer in the district, Liebherr in Ehingen is an important factor in the prosperity of the surrounding local communities and the region," he said, emphasising the positive influence of the company. Mayor Alexander Baumann was also pleased about the promising future prospects. He therefore reaffirmed the clear intention to go ahead with Liebherr's plant expansion in Ehingen-Berg.