Aircraft Maintenance Technology

MAR 2018

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crane. It is the first product of the Hans Liebherr Maschinenfabrik (engineering works), founded in 1949 in Kirchdorf. As successor models follow in 1950 and a crane production at Liebherr picks up pace, the construction company turns into a manufacturer of construction machines. In years 1952-54 Libeherr expands its machines product range. Liebherr early recognizes the enormous potential of appliances in post war Germany and Hans Liebherr decides to build his own refrigerators production facility in Ochsenhausen, Germany. In 1954, the first refrigerator is built and series production begins in 1954. The construction machinery range is extended in 1956, including machines for the production and transportation of concrete, built in Bad Schussenried factory. Liebherr commissions the first factory outside Germany in the 1950s. To acquire the British and North American market, the company builds a production site in Killarney, Ireland, first building tower cranes, followed by container, shipyard and special cranes. In the 1960s, the first company outside Europe is founded in South Africa — Hans Liebherr sets the tracks for the international direction of the group. In March 1960, Hans Liebherr sets up the Liebherr-AeroTechnik GmbH company in Lindenberg, Germany, starting Liebherr's aeronautical activities. From the outset, the aim is to develop and manufacture prototypes in house. The intention is for the company to advance from being a license holder to a producer of its own components and systems; from an equipment manufacturer to a system provider. In 1996, the company changes its name to Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH. LIEBHERR GROUP PRODUCT DIVISIONS The Liebherr Group consists of 11 divisions with an extraordinary wide product range. This wide base allows the exchange of know-how and information between the product divisions which in turn HOW IT all began — Hans Liehberr develops the TK 10 first mobile tower crane.

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