Liebherr is a German industrial group founded in 1949 by Hans Liebherr. Willi and Isolde Liebherr currently hold the property of the company. Initially dedicated to the production of cranes, Liebherr then extended their activity to the production of components for aircrafts and appliances such as refrigerators and freezers. The company is the largest supplier of components for Airbus, as well as producing some of the tools excavated the largest in the world such as loaders, excavators and large trucks. Over the years, the business of the Liebherr family has grown enormously, to the point that today it is organized as a group of companies, which employs 35,333 workers in more than 130 companies spread across all continents
In 1938 Hans Liebherr took over the reins of a construction company located in Kirchdorf an der Iller in southern Germany. Upon returning from the Second World War he invented a mobile crane swivel works in construction of small size, the TK 10, which could be assembled in a few hours.
In 1953 was built the first hydraulic excavator of the continent: the L300 model only weighed 7.5 tons and had the ability to pierce the ground with a hydraulic cylinder with more power than the models normally used at the time.
In 1954 followed the construction of a second production factory cranes Biberbach.
In 1958, the company came to have 2000 workers and opened of a foreign branch in Ireland.
In 1964, Liebherr production had increased to 60% of the market production of cranes in Germany.
In 1982 the company headquarters were moved to Switzerland to avoid paying inheritance tax in Germany.
At the death of company founder Hans Liebherr in 1993, the company was providing jobs to over 9,000 people in Germany and a surplus of around 2.5 billion Euro.
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