In 1949, the Liebherr family business was created by Hans Liebherr. His first claim to fame was the success of his affordable and easy-to-assemble mobile tower crane. It was upon this invention that the foundation of the company flourished under. Nowadays, Liebherr has grown to become one of the leading manufacturers within the world of construction machinery. The company has also gained the reputation of being the accredited provider of technically innovative user-oriented services and products in various fields. The company has currently become a "Group" working in every continent with more than 130 companies and over 35,000 workers all around the globe.
The Liebherr Group has been divided into various company units in order to guarantee a manageable operating size. These separate units operate independently. This set up enables the company the ability to stay in tune with worldwide competition and be flexible to market signals. As well, having so many individual company units additionally ensures customer proximity and keeps customer service running at an optimum level.
Liebherr has instituted the divisional control companies to be able to deal with the management operations of production and sales for the individual product segments. The Liebherr Group currently encompasses 10 various product divisions.
The holding company of the Liebherr Group is Liebherr-International AG. Liebherr-International AG is located in Bulle, Switzerland and is operating by members of the Liebherr family. Presently, the family business is being managed by Dr. H.C. Willi Liebherr and his sister Dr. H.C. Isolde Liebherr in the second generation. Since 2012, several of the active individual divisions have been represented by members of the family in the third generation like: Jan Liebherr, Sophie Albrecht, Patricia Ruf and Stefanie Wohlfarth. These members of the family have been working hard together to help set up the course of the family business in the future. They are staying on top of large-scale industrial projects and residential buildings across the globe.
Hans Liebherr began to build his company during the year 1949, in a small town known as Kirchdorf in southern Germany. Kirchdorf, presently supports one of Liebherr's 20 manufacturing locations. They could average an annual output of roughly 2800 wheeled excavators and employ over 1400 people in that specific workforce. The company has enjoyed immense growth and diversity since it first opened its doors. The Liebherr Group continues to remain committed to implementing and engineering innovative designs. They have earned a positive and successful place within the material handling industry.