The Liebherr Group

The Liebherr family business was established in 1949 by Hans Liebherr. The great success of his first mobile, easy-to-assemble and affordable tower crane was the foundation on which the company flourished. Today Liebherr is not only one of the world’s leading manufacturers of construction machinery but is also an acknowledged supplier of technically innovative user-oriented products and services in numerous other fields. The company has now grown into a Group with more than 39,000 employees in more than 130 companies across all continents.

The decentrally organized Liebherr Group is divided into company units of manageable size, operating independently. This is to ensure proximity to the customer and the ability to respond flexibly to market signals in global competition. Operative management of the production and sales companies for the individual product segments is in the hands of divisional control companies. The Group now encompasses eleven product divisions. The Liebherr Group’s holding company is Liebherr-International AG in Bulle, Switzerland, which is entirely owned by members of the Liebherr family. The family business is currently being managed in the second generation by Dr. h.c. Isolde Liebherr and her brother Dr. h.c. Willi Liebherr. Sophie Albrecht, Jan Liebherr, Patricia Rüf and Stéfanie Wohlfarth have been actively involved in the management of individual divisions as representatives of the third generation since 2012 in order to help set the company’s course for the future.

R & D Center In Ochsenhausen, Germany
Liebherr’s new Research & Development Centre, opened in 2008, means more innovation in the North American marketplace. Pushing the boundaries of innovation has always been of pivotal importance to Liebherr as a leader in refrigerator/freezer technology and this new center allows Liebherr to continue forging innovative solutions geared to customer needs all over the world.

On an area of over 4,000 m², the new Center at the Ochsenhausen site gives Liebherr engineers numerous rooms for climate and noise measurement, an X-ray room, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and prototyping facilities. The new infrastructure provides the ideal environment for preparing products for mass production or for systematically developing existing models.
Testing, Testing, 1-2-3
Modern rooms for climate measurement simulate real-world testing conditions and climate chambers enable the simulation of ambient temperatures ranging from 50°F (10°C) to 110°F (43°C) and humidity levels up to 90%. As a result, the interplay of all the refrigeration components – including the electronic control systems, evaporator design and fine tuning of the ideal compressors – can be optimized very early on for the global use of the appliances.

Although the lowest energy consumption possible is a primary goal, engineers at the new facility are also mandated to exceed all expectations for low noise emission and use state-of-the-art acoustic test rooms for optimizing running noise. All the components in newly developed appliances undergo comprehensive endurance testing to guarantee Liebherr quality. And, high-performance prototyping systems ensure appliances in early development stages are available for carrying out necessary tests and using the findings for further development.