From a mobile crane in war-torn Europe to the world’s biggest lifter Liebherr gears up for a bigger Australian presence.
Liebherr Group is a global success story and one we are proud to have as an associate member. Founded in 1949 Hans Liebherr who built mobile tower cranes that helped rebuild Europe that had been torn apart by the Second World War the group is now the biggest supplier of cranes and has expanded into various other industries.
Liebherr has been present in Australia since the early 70s, leasing their first premises in Kilkenny in 1983. Over the years Liebherr hugely invested in the Australian subsidiary, and the maritime division entered the Sydney offices with their offshore, duty cycle, heavy-lift, and foundation equipment in 2015.
With 40 ship-to-shore cranes and straddle carriers from our Killarney sister company, 35 MHCs, and more than 10 offshore cranes in the Oceania region, Liebherr now plans to take their maritime business unit to the next level. Liebherr will directly establish full service, spares and sales activities in the region. This will lead to better support for our customers using factory trained locally recruited engineers. It also means that new products can be introduced, like the new Liebherr Reachstacker or new mobile harbour crane types and offshore cranes.
Celebrating another milestone is Liebherr's new Orion project which involves the construction of The Orion Liebherr's biggest ever crane. The new heavy lift offshore crane will have a lifting capacity of 5,000 tonnes at more than 50 metres and a maximum lifting height more than 170 metres. The Liebherr offshore crane division made the strategic decision in 2016 to extend its range of heavy lift cranes to better position the company in the expanding decommissioning and offshore wind markets. Both are expected to produce high volumes of work in the offshore sector in the coming years.
We’re hoping to hear more from Liebherr later in the year at the Port’s Australia Biennial Conference in Darwin.