Liebherr Group

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Liebherr Group
Industry Heavy equipment
Founded 1949
Headquarters Bulle, Switzerland
Key people
Isolde Liebherr and Willi Liebherr, CEO & Chairman
Products Construction & Agriculture Machinery
Revenue IncreaseEUR 8.334 billion (2011)
Number of employees
Website The Liebherr Group

The Liebherr Group is a large German equipment manufacturer based in Switzerland specializing in cranes, aircraft parts, and mining, with 8.3 billion euros in revenue for 2011. It has a workforce of 35,333 and comprises more than 130 companies across all countries. By 2007, it was the world's largest crane company. Established in 1949 by Hans Liebherr,[1] the group's entirely family-owned Bulle, Switzerland-based holding company, Liebherr-International AG, of which Isolde and Willi Liebherr are the chief executive and chairman. In 2005, Forbes magazine listed them as billionaires. In 1974, the Franklin Institute awarded Hans Liebherr the Frank P. Brown Medal.[2]

Starting by building affordable tower cranes, Liebherr expanded into making aircraft parts - it is a significant supplier to Europe's Airbus plane maker - and commercial chiller displays and freezers, as well as domestic refrigerators. The group also produces some of the world's biggest mining and digging machinery, including loaders, excavators and extreme-size dump trucks. The T 282 B is the world's 2nd biggest truck (after BelAZ 75710). The group's nine-axle mobile crane, the LTM 11200-9.1 - with a 100 metres (328 ft) telescopic boom - in 2007 received the heavy-lifting industry's Development of the Year award for being the world's most powerful such a machine.

Over the years, the family business has grown into a group of varied companies and has locations in many countries, including Germany, Australia, Britain, Ireland, and the United States. Since 1958, its Irish factory in Killarney, Co. Kerry has built container cranes, exporting them worldwide through the port of Fenit. In Australia, the group in 2013 commenced a $65 million expansion of their local headquarters in Adelaide. The development includes adding a new three-storey office, workshops, warehouse, component plant, and distribution centre to the Para Hills facility.[3] In the U.S., the group in 2012 started spending $45.4 million (about €34.1 million) on a three-year renovation and expansion of its Newport News, Virginia factory, offices and warehouse. The company sought to increase its production there beyond 100 mining trucks a year. On 19 February 2013, representatives from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the cities of Newport News and Hampton announced that they would make grants and incentives available for transport improvement, training, and property investment.[4]

In April of 2014, Liebherr announced they would invest 160 million euros at its production site in Bulle, Switzerland.[5]


The current line of products manufactured by the company includes:

  • Earth moving equipment
  • Mining equipment
  • Cranes: Mobile, Crawler, Tower, Maritime, Mobile construction
  • Deep Foundation Machines
  • Concrete handling equipment
  • Material handling equipment
  • Port Equipment
  • Machine tools
  • Automation Systems
  • Domestic refrigerators and freezers



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