About Liebherr Group
Liebherr Group is a leading manufacturer of heavy machinery spanning a number of industries, including construction, mining, material handling, aerospace and transportation and refrigeration and freezing. Founded in 1949 in Germany, Liebherr is now headquartered in Bulle, Switzerland. It is still family-owned.
The company’s construction division is separated into four categories: earthmoving, deep foundation, tower cranes and concrete technology. Its vast line of products includes wheeled excavators, crawler excavators, wheel loaders, crawler tractors, crawler loaders, articulated trucks, telescopic handlers and pipe layers, among numerous others.
Liebherr began by developing the world’s first mobile tower crane in 1949, contributing significantly to the reconstruction efforts in Germany following World War II. Five years later, the company built the first hydraulic excavator in Europe.
By 1961 Liebherr had expanded its operations to Ireland, South Africa, Austria and France. In the 1970s it established subsidiaries in the United States, Brazil, Canada and Switzerland. These included Liebherr-America Inc., which supplied hydraulic excavators, crawlers and wheel loaders to the North American market.
Today, Liebherr has a presence on six continents, with over 130 companies in more than 50 countries. Its revenues in 2017 exceeded $11 billion.
The company prides itself on its commitment to innovation, writing on its website: “Liebherr stands for continuous innovation and successful ideas management on a large scale. What we have already achieved serves as a basis for improvements in every area of the Group’s activities.
“We encourage our workforce to think creatively and are prepared to tackle even the most difficult technological challenges. Our decentralised corporate structure puts us in a position to react flexibly to competition in global market areas and to transform ideas rapidly into effective results.”