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02 January 2019

Liebherr gives details of bauma launches

First published02/01/2019
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The Liebherr Group's stand at bauma 2016

Liebherr has revealed details of the latest product developments and innovations that it will be showcasing at April's giant bauma 2019 construction equipment show.

Products on display at the Munich event from April 8-14 will include new offerings in tower cranes, mobile and crawler cranes, earthmoving, material handling, deep foundation, concrete technologies and mining.

Liebherr will debut a new series of tower cranes with fibre ropes which will be available for sale starting in April. The company says this new, high-strength fibre rope is around one-fifth the weight of conventional steel rope, but has four times the lifespan and is much easier to use.

Liebherr will also unveil five new mobile cranes that are designed to build on proven technologies and provide better performance, efficiency and flexibility. The construction machine manufacturer will also present a new crawler crane with a load capacity of 300 tonnes, featuring innovative assistance systems that are intended to increase safety and make it easier to handle.

The new technologies and other innovations will be exhibited at Liebherr’s 14,000 m2 outdoor stand (809-813) and its indoor stand in hall A4, number 326. Construction on Liebherr’s stand on Bauma’s outdoor terrain in Munich began a full half year before the opening of the trade fair. The open-air terrain will once again provide space for more than 60 exhibits.

Liebherr will also present its latest components in hall A4 (stand 326) on a showroom floor of nearly 450m2. Here, the focus will be on condition monitoring and system solutions.

In hall B5 (stand 439), visitors can learn more about the latest innovations from Liebherr’s extensive attachment tools programme.

Starting in January and throughout 2019, Liebherr will be introducing its new generation of earthmoving crawler excavators. During the first phase, seven new models will be released in the 22 to 45 tonne range. The new, eighth generation crawler excavators guarantee more power, more productivity, increased safety and greater comfort for the operator.

For the new XPower large wheel loader, Liebherr says trade visitors can look forward to a total package with many smart assistance systems. Features also include the new rear bystander detection and a built-in, sensor-powered tyre-monitoring system. With these and other assistance systems, Liebherr intends to offer total solutions to optimise safety and comfort during everyday wheel loader operation. All these systems are developed by the Liebherr Group so they can be fully integrated into the control systems of the machinery.

Liebherr adds that, in the mining area, visitors will have a chance "to experience the power of Ultra-class mining trucks and excavators. A single dashboard makes fleet management easier than ever."

Construction industry participants can see the completely redeveloped 42 M5 XXT automatic concrete pump for the mid-range class. Many technical parts come from Liebherr’s own component production. One notable product is the new Liebherr Powerbloc drive unit for the pump system. All hydraulic switching and metering elements are fully integrated, which eliminates the need for many hydraulic lines and other parts.

At bauma, Liebherr Components will also reveal the demo version of an app designed to show the extensive functionality of all Liebherr's condition monitoring components, from diesel engines to energy storage, hydraulics, transmissions and slewing bearings. In the future, this will enable machine manufacturers to inform fleet managers, service personnel and machine operators about the condition of their components. The components division will also be presenting a full range of new products.

The group says it is confident that such new innovations, along with its improved sales and service network, will lead to further growth. Liebherr predicts that it will increase revenues for the current business year, possibly surpassing the €10bn mark for the first time in the company’s history.

Drivers for growth in 2018 were construction machines and mining equipment, business areas which grew by around 10% in total. The two best-selling divisions, earthmoving and mobile cranes grew once again; the former experienced growth in the high single digits and the latter in the double-digit range. Liebherr says the sales increase in the mining division was even more pronounced thanks to an uptick in the extraction industry. The tower cranes and concrete technology divisions also experienced growth.

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