Liebherr, one of the UK's leading providers of material handling machines, has opened a €30 million state-of-the-art development and demonstration centre. The facility is located at the company’s Kirchdorf factory in Germany, which manufactures machines for the UK market.
The centre will be used to develop and test new construction and material handling machines supporting the continued evolution and innovation in their design and manufacture. The 12.7 hectares site incorporates a testing hall, demonstration area and 1.2km test track where operational environments can be simulated, and machines put through their paces under the most challenging conditions.
Commenting on the new facility Liebherr GB’s Managing Director, Lee Palmer, said: “This investment demonstrates Liebherr’s commitment to remaining at the forefront of the UK and global material handler and construction machine markets. It’s great news for our customers who will benefit from the innovation that this centre will enable us to bring to life and the continued improvements in the reliability, efficiency and operational performance of our machines.”
Around 1,400 visitors from all over the world recently attended the official opening of the research, development and demonstration centre. Guests heard a presentation from Rudolf Arnold, the Managing Director of Liebherr-Hydraulikbagge, partook in a factory tour and then watched a series of machine demonstrations before having the opportunity to be taken around the test track in a Liebherr machine.
Hans Liebherr established the company that bears his name in 1949. Since then it has grown into a Group of more than 130 companies on all continents, with a turnover (2017) of over €9.8 billion and employing approximately 42,000 people. Today, Liebherr is not only among the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery, but is an acknowledged supplier of technically-advanced, user-oriented products and services.