In the year 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 creation that the foundation of the company flourished under. Now, The Liebherr business has grown to become one of the leading manufacturers within the field of construction machines. The business has also gained the reputation of being the acknowledged provider of technically innovative user-oriented products and services in a variety of fields. The company has currently become a "Group" working in each and every continent with over 35,000 employees and more than 130 companies across the world.
To be able to ensure a manageable operating size, the Liebherr Group has been divided into different company units. These units have been designed to operate independently. This particular set up enables the company the ability to be flexible to market signals and stay in tune with worldwide competition. As well, having so many individual company units also keeps customer service running at an optimum level and ensures customer proximity.
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 has ten various product divisions.
The holding company of the Liebherr Group is Liebherr-International AG. Liebherr-International AG is located within Bulle, Switzerland and is operating by the Liebherr family members. Now, the family business is being managed in the 2nd generation by Dr. H.C. Isolde Liebherr and her brother Dr. H.C. Willi Liebherr. Ever since the year 2012, some of the active individual divisions have been represented by members of the family in the third generation like: Sophie Albrecht, Jan Liebherr, Patricia Ruf and Stefanie Wohlfarth. These members of the family have been working together in order to help set up the course of the family business in the future. They are staying on top of residential buildings and large-scale industrial projects across the world.
Hans Liebherr started this quest during the year 1949, with his first company within the small South-German town of Kirchdorf/Iller. Nowadays, Kirchdorf is amongst more than 20 key manufacturing sites of the Liebherr Group. They could average an annual output of roughly 2800 wheeled excavators and employ more than 1400 individuals in that particular workforce. The company has enjoyed immense growth and diversity ever since it first started. The Liebherr Group continues to remain dedicated to implementing and making innovative designs. They have earned a successful and positive place within the material handling business.