The Liebherr family business was created during 1949 by Hans Liebherr. The company first gained fame from its mobile tower crane which was noted for its ease of assembly and affordability. It was upon this invention that the company's foundation flourished under. Nowadays, The Liebherr company has grown to become among the world's leading manufacturers of construction machines. The business has also gained the reputation of being the accredited supplier of user-oriented technically innovative products and services in a range of fields. The company has now become a "Group" working in every continent with over 35,000 employees and over 130 companies across the world.
The Liebherr Group has been divided into different company units in order to ensure a manageable operating size. These separate units operate independently. This set up allows the business the ability to be flexible to market signals and stay in tune with worldwide competition. Furthermore, having so many individual company units also keeps customer service operating at an optimum level and ensures customer proximity.
The divisional control companies deal with the operative management of the sales companies and the production for the individual product segments. The Liebherr Group currently has 10 various product divisions.
Liebherr-International AG is the Liebherr Group's holding company. They are located within Bulle, Switzerland and are totally owned by the Liebherr family members. At present, the family business is being managed by Dr. H.C. Isolde Liebherr and her brother Dr. H.C. Willi Liebherr in the second generation. Since 2012, some of the active individual divisions have been represented by family members in the 3rd generation like: Sophie Albrecht, Jan Liebherr, Patricia Ruf and Stefanie Wohlfarth. These members of the family have been working together to help set up the family business' course in the future. They are staying on top of residential buildings and large-scale industrial projects all around the world.
Hans Liebherr began this quest in 1949, with his first business within the small South-German town of Kirchdorf/Iller. Nowadays, Kirchdorf is one of more than 20 key manufacturing sites of the Liebherr Group. They could average a yearly output of roughly 2800 wheeled excavators and employ over 1400 individuals in that specific workforce. The company has enjoyed diversity and immense growth ever since it first started. The Liebherr Group continues to remain committed to implementing and making innovative designs. They have earned a positive and successful place in the material handling industry.