Long-range view into the future
Liebherr sets new standards, e.g. with the digitalisation campaign in the area of refrigeration and freezing and 3D print in the area of hydraulic components. Liebherr products are used worldwide in exciting and spectacular projects.
Liebherr-Hausgeräte presents the intelligent refrigerator of the future at IFA 2016.
2016 The intelligent refrigerator of the future
Under the motto "Making your life smarter", Liebherr-Hausgeräte showcases the intelligent refrigerator of the future at the International Electronics Fair (IFA) 2016. SmartDevice is the name of the digital technology for networking fridge and freezer units, which was developed in cooperation with Microsoft. It enables the customer to interact with its Liebherr refrigerator and opens up new dimensions in healthier food storage and innovative food management. For instance, the customer can control his refrigerator via an app, detect food stored in the refrigerator with the camera's object detection and compile stock lists and new shopping lists.
Special type of match: The German and Austrian national teams during the match in the Liebherr mining truck.
2016 Match in the pit: Table tennis in the mining truck
Liebherr organises a special type of table tennis match at the Bauma, the world's largest trade fair for construction machinery, in Munich. In the 130 m³ pit of a 165-tonne Liebherr mining truck the German and Austrian national teams battle it out in a show-stopping game. Top players such as Timo Boll, Bastian Steger and Patrick Franziska from the German national team enjoy exciting rallies against Werner Schlager, Chen Weixing and Stefan Fegerl from Austria. For over 25 years Liebherr has been actively involved in table tennis and is a strong partner of the German Bundesliga team TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen, as well as the German and Austrian national teams and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
Construction of Europe's tallest building
Several Liebherr tower cranes are used for the construction of the Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Completion of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg
The LTM 1750-9.1 mobile crane dismantles four tower cranes, which were used for the construction of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg for years.
Erection of offshore crane in Rostock
Two port cranes assemble an offshore crane directly on the heavy-lift carrier "Giant 7".
Order to equip trams in San Francisco
Liebherr receives order to equip the trams in San Francisco with hydraulic steering springs.
Liebherr opens up tunnel construction segment with specialist thrust bearing
With the delivery of the first thrust bearing for the tunnelling machines of the Robbins Company, Liebherr is now also represented on the American tunnel construction market.
2016 Liebherr products used worldwide
Liebherr machines are used all over the world in large-scale projects. For example, ten tower cranes help in the construction of Europe's tallest building, the 462 metre high Lakhta Tower in St. Petersburg. In the completion of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg a mobile crane dismantles four tower cranes, which were used on site for many years. In Rostock two mobile harbour cranes erect an offshore crane directly on the Giant 7 – a huge heavy-goods carrier. Trams in San Francisco, USA, will be equipped in the future with hydraulic steering springs from Liebherr. With the delivery of the first thrust bearing for a tunnel boring machine, the Components division also conquers the American tunnel construction market.
Aerial view of the subsidiary Liebherr-Components Biberach GmbH
New development and production facilities for switchgear, as well as electric motors and alternators, are located on an area of roughly 14.5 hectares.
Liebherr USA, Co. - combined sales and service location
Liebherr USA, Co., with its head office in Newport News (Virginia), acts as a parent company for eight different Liebherr product areas.
2016 Organisational realignment in the USA and opening in Biberach an der Riss
In June Liebherr-Components Biberach GmbH opens a new subsidiary plant for the development and production of switchgear, as well as electric motors and alternators, in Biberach an der Riss. New development and production facilities are located on an area of roughly 14.5 hectares. Thereby Liebherr invests in the expansion of the Components division.
In the same month Liebherr USA, Co. commences work. The new combined sales and service locationis responsible for the maintenance of products from a total of eight divisions in North America. This organisational realignment should further improve customersupport.
Spoiler-actuator with valve block from the 3D printer developed and manufactured by Liebherr-Aerospace.
2017 World premiere: A380 flies with 3D-printed hydraulic component
In March 2017 an Airbus A380 flies for the first time with a spoiler-actuator valve block from the 3D printer of Liebherr-Aerospace. Never before had a hydraulic component of the primary flight control, which was manufactured additively from titanium powder, used in an Airbus. The titanium valve block assumes important functions on board the A380, e.g. during the manoeuvring of the plane and decelerating after landing. The 3D-printed component offers the same performance as the conventional valve block made from a titanium forging, but has two distinct advantages: It is 35 per cent lighter in weight and consists of fewer parts.
Tower cranes build stage set for Bregenz Festival
A 154 EC-H 6 Litronic was anchored at the bottom of Lake Constance for the "Carmen" opera. The 71 K tower crane has been a part of the culture festival since 2000.
Liebherr mobile crane used at Eiffel Tower
For a good cause, a LTM 1300-6.2 mobile crane lifts an 18-metre long regatta onto the gallery of the Parisian landmark.
Construction of the world's longest suspension bridge
More than ten types of mobile cranes and products from three business segments are used in the construction of the Queensferry Crossing Bridge in Scotland.
Infrastructure project on the Suez Canal
A total of ten rope excavators, including the latest generation of a duty-cycle crawler crane, a HS 8100 HD, assist the infrastructure project on the Suez Canal in Egypt.
Largest Liebherr rotary drilling rig used in residential project in Kuala Lumpur
The new Liebherr LB 44-510 rotary drilling rig is the largest of its kind in the Southeast Asian market.
2017 Diverse product applications from Bregenz to Kuala Lumpur
Also in 2017 Liebherr products are used worldwide. For example, two tower cranes install the stage setting for the Bregenz Festival. In Paris a mobile crane lifts a five-tonne and 18-metre long regatta boat onto the first level of the Eiffel Tower. Through the action, attention is drawn to a French physicians' initiative, which enables life-saving heart operations for children all over the world. On the east coast of Scotland more than ten different types of mobile cranes and products from three business segments assist in the construction of the world's longest suspension bridge. Ten rope excavators and crawler cranes work on a multi-billion infrastructure project on the Suez Canal in Egypt, one of the most important waterways for world trade. In the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur the largest Liebherr rotary drilling rig is involved in the sought-after residential project "Sentral-Suites".
Largest crane since 1949: The special ship "Orion" is equipped with the HLC 295000.
2017 Liebherr builds the largest crane since the company's foundation
It is used for the installation of wind farms in the oil and gas sector and for the dismantling of offshore facilities and will be the largest crane ever built by Liebherr: the Heavy-Lift offshore crane HCL. In 2017 Liebherr receives the award for the delivery of the heavy duty crane for the "Orion" ship. The giant can lift loads of up to 3,000 tonnes 170 metres high with a jib length of 50 metres.
The 50,000th wheel loader comes off the production line in Bischofshofen in April.
2017 Anniversary machines – Gold instead of yellow and graffiti art instead of paint
In April 2017 in Bischofshofen the 50,000th wheel loader, an L 566 XPower®, comes off the production line complete with golden paintwork. The Liebherr Group and long-term Liebherr customer celebrate the wheel loader anniversary. An A 918 Compact Litronic wheeled excavator also serves as a canvas for the celebration of the 75,000th wheeled excavator. The street artist Claudia Walde alias MadC designs the anniversary machine with colourful graffiti art.
Green energy construction site in Gaildorf surpasses the Swabian Alb.
2017 Liebherr machines play their part in the energy transition
One of the most exciting chapters in the future of Germany´s energy transition is being written near Schwäbisch Hall. The"Naturstromspeicher Gaildorf", a pilot project using wind turbines in combination with a decentralised pumped-storage power plant, will for the first time make green energy storable and thus available on a flexible basis. Liebherr machines assist the project, which at the same time gives rise to the world's tallest onshore wind turbines at 246.5 metres.
Opening of the 2,500 m² hall at the Reman Competence Centre of Liebherr-Ettlingen GmbH
Groundbreaking ceremony for new development and demonstration centre in Kirchdorf an der Iller
The new service site of Liebherr-Transportation Systems in Reiden (Switzerland)
2017 Liebherr makes further investment in production facilities and its sales and service network
In 2017 Liebherr invests around €749 million in the production facilities and the global sales and service network. For example, the opening of the 2,500 m² hall at the Reman Competence Centre of Liebherr-Ettlingen GmbH takes place in April. Just two months later the new construction of the development and demonstration centre starts in Kirchdorf an der Iller with the groundbreaking ceremony. In order to support customers even more efficiently in the rail transport area with customised services, a new service location of Liebherr-Transportation Systems opens in Switzerland in September.
First ‘green’ air conditioning system ‘Eco-Clim’: excellent passenger comfort and low maintenance costs.
2018 ‘Eco-Clim’ air conditioning system for environmentally friendly rail traffic
Following a two-year test phase, the first ‘green’ air conditioning system, ‘Eco-Clim’, proves itself in one of French railway company SNCF’s regional trains. The environmentally friendly climate system functions without the use of any chemical refrigerants. Instead it uses airborne cooling technology, which has its roots in the aerospace industry. This technology causes no damage to the ozone layer and therefore helps to combat climate change.
(From left to right) Andreas Scheuer (Minister for Transport), Dr Dietmar Woidke (Minister President of the State of Brandenburg), Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, Dr h.c. Willi Liebherr (President of the Board of Directors of Liebherr-International AG) and Delphine Gény-Stephann (then Secretary of State to the French Ministry of Economy and Finance) at Liebherr-Aerospace’s ILA stand.
2018 Federal Chancellor Merkel visits Liebherr at ILA
Liebherr took part in the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Berlin from 25th to 29th April 2018. A special highlight was a visit from Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel to the Liebherr-Aerospace stand. She was accompanied by Minister for Transport, Andreas Scheuer, and Brandenburg's Minister President, Dr Dietmar Woidke. Prominent guests from business and politics included Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, Thomas Jarzombek.
Record turnover: Liebherr reaches the €10 billion mark in 2018.
2018 Liebherr achieves annual turnover of over €10 billion for the first time
The Liebherr Group exceeded the ten billion euro mark for the first time in its history with a turnover of €10,551 million in 2018. Compared to the previous year, Liebherr achieved a total increase of €739 million or 7.5 per cent. Turnover for divisions producing construction machines and mining equipment increased by 10.8 per cent to €6,833 million. This included the Earthmoving, Mining and Mobile Crane divisions in particular. In the other product areas – those covered by maritime cranes, aerospace and transportation systems, gearing technology and automation systems, domestic appliances, components and hotels divisions – turnover increased by 2.0 per cent to €3,718 million. To view the 2018 annual report, please click here.
Opening of new production plant in Oberopfingen near Kirchdorf
Components division growth strategy: Liebherr doubles the production area for hydraulic cylinders, dampers and system solutions.
Development of the Indian market
Growth market in India: Liebherr opens an ultramodern production plant in Aurangabad with a production capacity of 500,000 devices per year.
Start of construction for new Liebherr sales and service centre in the port of Hamburg
Managing Director of Liebherr’s Maritime Cranes division together with Hamburg's Senator for Economics, Frank Horch, and representatives from Implenia and HPA at the turning of the first sod.
Construction of new logistics centre in Kirchdorf
Restructuring and optimisation of material flow and work processes enable more efficient and higher quality production.
Groundbreaking ceremony for new head office of Liebherr USA, Co. in Newport News
Liebherr lays the foundation for Liebherr USA, Co.’s new head office at the Newport News location.
2018 Investments of over €800 million in production, sales and services
Liebherr-Components Kirchdorf GmbH opened a new factory for hydraulic cylinders in Oberopfingen (Germany) in April. Two new factory halls for logistics, assembly, testing and painting of hydraulic cylinders were built on an area of 23,000 m². Just one month later, Liebherr opened a 20 hectare production site in Aurangabad (India). Liebherr Appliances India Private Limited specialises in the manufacture of high quality fridge and freezer units for the Indian market. In June the construction of the new Liebherr sales and service centre in the port of Hamburg began. The Hamburg-based subsidiary will look after mobile harbour cranes, ship cranes and offshore cranes as well as construction machines. In the same month, the groundbreaking ceremony for Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger GmbH’s new logistics centre took place in Kirchdorf an der Iller (Germany). And in July the construction of Liebherr USA, Co.’s new head office started in Newport News (USA). The investment of around 45 million US dollars should drive the long-term growth of Liebherr in the USA.
‘Grand Paris’ 21st century project: expansion of Parisian infrastructure
An end to congestion in the capital city – Liebherr cranes and construction machines in use at more than eight locations.
Start of installation of new heavy duty crane at port of Rostock
The 164 metre high TCC 78000 heavy duty crane enables the loading of increasingly bigger maritime cranes.
Expansion of Jätkäsaari peninsula south of Helsinki into attractive district by 2030
A Liebherr HS 8130 HD rope excavator compacts the ground before construction works start. A falling weight of around 14 tonnes strikes from a height of 10 metres.
Use of Liebherr HLC 150000 on the high seas
The new installation ship from OHT with the latest crane series type Heavy Lift Crane 150000.
Major airport project with 23 tower cranes in Santiago de Chile
Passengers offered impressive view of the construction site and the Liebherr tower cranes.
2018 Liebherr products travel all over the world
In 2018 Liebherr products were once again in use all over the world in trendsetting projects, with Europe's largest construction site ‘Grand Paris’ being one such example. This twenty-first century project should prevent gridlock in the French capital and will continue until 2030. At the port of Rostock (Germany), Liebherr installed one of the most powerful land-based heavy duty cranes in the world to enable the loading of heavy loads from in-house production and external handling of heavy duty cargo. Around 1,000 km away as the crow flies, a Liebherr rope excavator assisted in the expansion of the Jätkäsaari peninsula in Finland. A new district with apartments for around 21,000 people is being built south of Helsinki. Liebherr implemented another project with the Norwegian crane operator OHT: the HLC 150000 heavy duty crane was used on a ship for the installation of wind farm foundations. The installation ship, which has a lift capacity of 48,000 tonnes, can submerge in operation and this increases the stability of the crane. As a result, the HLC can withstand a variety of environments, enabling it to be operated in almost all types of weather. And Liebherr products are also active in Santiago de Chile in South America. For example, the airport is being extended by 265,000 m², an additional terminal and twice as many parking spaces using 23 tower cranes, all without any interruption to flight operations.
Awarded with Gault&Millau hats: Thomas Carvalho de Sousa (left) and Mario Döring (right) won several Gault&Millau hats.
2018 Award for chefs
Restaurant guide Gault&Millau awarded chefs from two Liebherr hotels in 2018. Thomas Carvalho de Sousa won two of the coveted Gault&Millau hats for the Löwen Hotel Montafon in Schruns (Austria) and Mario Döring, chef at the Interalpen Hotel Tirol (Austria), was awarded three hats. Apart from Michelin stars, Gault&Millau hats are the most coveted awards in haute cuisine.
The Liebherr Group has grown steadily throughout its 65-year company history. Long-term investments, organic growth and strategic additions to the product portfolio have proved key success factors. The positioning in traditional markets has been secured and new growth markets worldwide could be opened up. Liebherr faces future challenges as an international group, thus remaining loyal to its proven principles as a family-run company.
The fundamental values of the Liebherr Group
Portrait of the company founder