History of Liebherr

With a corporate history of more than sixty years and a product range that extends from cranes to electronics, the Liebherr story is one of pioneering innovation and diversification.

Today, The Liebherr Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machines and other products. The Group employs more than 41,000 staff in more than 130 companies across more than 50 countries.

For these and many other reasons, our blog series on the history of the greatest mining and construction equipment brands would not be complete without a “brief” history of Liebherr. If you’re looking for others in this series, check out our articles on the history of CAT, Komatsu, Hitachi and Mack.

Post-war Germany & the birth of the mobile tower crane

The Liebherr story begins in Germany as WWII ends and the country begins the massive task of rebuilding. In 1949, as demand for tools and construction machinery increases, Hans Liebherr together with design engineers and tradesmen develops the first mobile tower crane. This pioneering invention makes it possible to easily transport and quickly erect on construction sites.

Opportunity and expansion in the early years

In the years that followed, Liebherr saw incredible expansion not only in its range of cranes, but in products outside the field of construction. From 1953, Liebherr presented the first hydraulic excavator in Europe, the L300, the success of which drove continued expansion in this area. While at the same time, Liebherr diversified and began manufacturing refrigerators due to rapid growth and potential in the domestic appliance market.

World’s first all-terrain crane

In 1977, Liebherr launched the world’s first all-terrain mobile crane, the LTM1025. With a telescopic arm measuring 24m in length and a load bearing capacity of 25 tonnes, Liebherr’s pioneering technology opens up completely new areas of use.

Global expansion and futures outlook

For more than 60 years, Liebherr has enjoyed continued success and growth across several markets. Not only has it conquered the crane market with pioneering innovation and quality engineering, it has also proven expertise across multiple disciplines. Products that display the Liebherr brand include:

  • Mobile cranes
  • Crawler cranes
  • Truck-mounted cranes
  • Ship cranes or offshore cranes
  • Concrete mixers and stationary mixing plants inc conveyor belts and pumps
  • Aircraft components and systems
  • Hydraulic excavators and wheel loaders
  • Diesel engines
  • Heating and air conditioning technology inc climate control in aircraft and rail cars
  • Electronic assemblies for construction machinery, mining equipment, cranes, aircraft and more
  • Large parasol shade structures
  • Excavators for tunnel and surface mining
  • And more…

The Liebherr Group has a global presence with various manufacturing, sales and rental facilities located throughout the world, such as the USA, Canada and Brazil, to France, Switzerland, Ireland, South Africa and many others. The company remains a family-run business with several third generation Liebherrs forming part of the management team and holding significant shares in the business. With an ever-expanding product offering across different markets, Liebherr looks set to continue growing for another sixty years.

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