Aircraft Maintenance Technology

MAR 2018

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MANUFACTURING INNOVATIONS LIEBHERR: FAMILY OWNED COMPANY WITH WORLDWIDE IMPACT AMT visits aerospace giant Liebherr Aerospace By Marino Boric Many people, especially those of us living in Germany see the name Liebherr probably every day, because they are likely using kitchen appliances labeled Liebherr. Not many people beside the aviation specialists know that the Germany originating company has over time steadily evolved, and has grown to an important supplier in aviation world expanding its activities to all continents. Liebherr is a bit different group with a seldom to find owner structure and really wide product portfolio. LIEBHERR AEROSPACE GERMANY & FRANCE TOUR In late 2017 AMT was invited to tour the Liebherr aerospace production facilities in Germany and France. What initially sounded to me as "just another company PR tour" was really a very interesting event which gave me the chance to better understand the numerous activities of the Liebherr Group, and much more important, to witness and feel the almost unique spirit of the company. Please don't misunderstand this last sentence; most companies are "The best in their field" and "second to none" and their PR staff usually try to impress us journalists with glass and aluminum cathedrals, colorful presentations which trigger avalanches of audio-visual impressions — and are quite often trying to keep us at a distance from the employees. Well none of these PR weapons and tricks hit me during the visit, contrary, the very first impression was: modest, simple, and straight. On our two-day tour we visited four Liebherr aerospace manufacturing sites located in Germany and France. Our first stop in Germany was the Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH. From here systems and components are delivered to aircraft manufacturers throughout the world: to Airbus,

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