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cwmags: Liebherr turnover by product divisionInvestment increased

Mr Boehm was very upbeat about progress that Liebherr is making and the commitment of the board to ensure continued investment in plant, R&D and employment.

“We can currently assume that at the end of 2011 there will be more than 120 Liebherr Group companies employing more than 35,000 people, an increase of over 2,100.

Following a reduction in the previous year, total investments will go up again in 2011, to approximately 700 million EUR by the end of the year, an increase of 29 percent. We are devoting these funds on the one hand to modernisation and enlargement of our worldwide production network: midway through this year, for example, we were able to open our new plant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, for earthmoving machinery and its components and for tower cranes and aerospace equipment.

“A production facility for truck mixers and mixing plant is currently under construction in Pune, India. In Rostock, Germany, where we built maritime cranes, a new structural steelwork shop occupying 100,000 square metres for ship and offshore cranes was completed and is now in operation. At its location in Toulouse, France, the aerospace and transportation systems division celebrated only some three weeks ago the official opening of a new experimental and development centre for aviation management systems.

“These are just a few of the projects completed successfully this year, and, of course, there has been further strengthening of the sales and service organisation as well.”

Wheel loader division shows it is up to the challenge

Liebherr wheel loaders are produced at the production plant in Bischofshofen under the company names of, Liebherr-Werk Bischofshofen GmbH.

Output has steadily increased since the start of wheel loader production in the facility, with more than 36,000 now built. Annual output record stands at 3,151 units achieved in 2007.

Martin Gschwend, Member of the Board of Management,with Liebherr-Werk Bischofshofen GmbH said, “Our record turnover in 2007 was achieved with a workforce of 933. The global economic recession that followed naturally affected our sales situation. In 2009, the crisis year, we were forced to accept a drop in sales to 1,289 units.

"We were nonetheless able to trade profitably even in this difficult period. Another gratifying factor is that thanks to suitable measures, such as short-time working, we came through this difficult period without dismissals. This in turn enabled us to tackle the challenge of renewed growth in 2010, when sales rose again by 48.5 percent to 1,914 units. In 2011 we expect a further rise of 41.1 percent to a total sales volume of 2,700 wheel loaders.

“For 2012 I am cautiously optimistic in my development forecast, though we have identified a slight cooling down of the demand situation on several markets compared with the beginning of the year.”

From the beginning, Liebherr took the decision to develop models using hydrostatic driveline technology, and that is still the position today.

“ . . . hydrostatic driveline not only provides wheel loaders with optimal technical characteristics for the work that they are specifically intended to do, but also has considerable operating-cost advantages,” said Martin Gschwend

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