In July 2013, the Liebherr Group began construction of a new logistics centre near Kirchdorf an der Iller (Baden-Württemberg, Germany). In future, this will be the point from which spare parts for Liebherr earthmoving machinery will be supplied around the world. In the long term, spare parts logistics for other construction machinery divisions of the Group will also find its home here.
It is currently anticipated that the first building extension phase will be completed in the third quarter of 2014. This phase covers, for example, site development, erection of a logistics warehouse over an area of approx. 47,000 m² as well as the construction of a separate administrative building. The site should be operational within the third quarter of 2015. The investment for the first extension phase is over 100 million euros.
In the final extension phase, Liebherr will have a warehouse area of about 170,000 m² as well as an administrative building covering an area of 4,500 m² on the 360,000 m² site.
Several factors were decisive in selecting this location. Among these, for example, were the proximity of the A7 autobahn as well as the available area for further expansion. Another important factor was also the large number of Liebherr construction machinery plants in Southern Germany, Austria and France.
For efficient storage of the spare parts, a high-bay store with 60,000 spaces for pallets and a height of approx. 38 m will be built. In total, this warehouse will offer an area of
47,000 m² to store spare parts. For logistics on the premises, there will also be an innovative 29-m-high container warehouse for 122,000 containers and a potential goods handling output of 3,500 containers per hour.
In the remaining, 20-m-high part of the building, provision is to be made for manual storage areas with 25,000 pallet spaces and a storage zone as well as workspaces for customer-specific consignment, packaging and dispatch.
Using 22 transport loading bridges, the spare parts are then loaded onto HGVs and vans and sent to customers and dealers via the quickest route possible.
The earthmoving division of the Liebherr Group
Earthmoving equipment is one of ten divisions of the Liebherr Group. The divisional controlling company is Liebherr-EMtec GmbH, which is based in Kirchdorf an der Iller. In this product area, Liebherr develops and manufactures wheeled excavators and crawler excavators, articulated dump trucks, wheel loaders, crawler tractors and crawler loaders, pipelayers, telescopic handlers, deep foundation machines and material handling machines. These machines are used around the world in the construction sector, in the mining industry as well as for a very broad range of applications in the area of goods handling.