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Liebherr Ehingen plant achieves factory-first

The Liebherr Ehingen plant has celebrated its 2000th delivery of a crane.

The Liebherr Ehingen plant has achieved a factory-first, delivering its 2000th crane in a calendar year.

The occasion was marked by the delivery of an LTM 1070-4.2 that was handed over to German company MaxiKraft Group’s owner, Maik Kanitzky, in front of thousands of employees from the Liebherr Ehingen plant. According to Kanitzky, “great people” needed to be working at the factory to achieve such a feat, especially considering the average crane size increasing markedly over the last few years.

“From my point of view, the employees are the company,” he said. “Everyone has to do a good job so that 2,000 cranes can be delivered in a year: as a customer, I can only say thank you very much.”

MaxiKraft represents a long-standing, regular customer of Liebherr, so it was only fitting that the 2000th crane went to the German crane hire company. The Group employees around 500 people and runs a fleet of 200 cranes – 80 per cent of which are Liebherr cranes, according to a press release from the manufacturer – that range from the two axle, 30-tonne capacity LTM 1030-2.1 through to the 1000-tonne maximum capacity crawler crane, the Liebherr LR 11000. According to the press release, since the founding of the company, MaxiKraft has purchased nearly 800 new Liebherr cranes, investing almost 500 million euros – over AU$800 million.

“Sustainability is important to us,” said Christoph Kleiner, Sales Director for Liebherr when thanking Kanitzky. “We aim to contribute to the long-term performance and economic viability of our customers. Through safety and reliability, we can create added value for our customers.”

The Liebherr Ehingen plant is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mobile and crawler cranes, manufacturing anything from 35-tonne, two axle machines, through to 3000-tonne crawler cranes. The plant employs 4300 people at the moment, and recorded a turnover of 2.37 billion euros – nearly four billion Australian dollars.


The Liebherr Ehingen plant has celebrated its 2000th delivery of a crane.
In front of the Liebherr staff in Ehingen, Sales Managing Director Christoph Kleiner (left) and Production Managing Director Ulrich Heusel (right) hand over the 2,000th crane to Maik Kanitzky (MAXIKraft Group). Image: Liebherr
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