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In a statement issued today (January 30, 2012) Liebherr-Werk Nenzing said that despite positive signs from the industry, the economic environment is still challenging and with the excessive public debt in many countries, it is difficult to forecast global trade development for 2012.

Liebherr’s second best year ever for mobile harbour cranes

However, the cargo handling industry continues to develop steadily: demand for larger vessels remains high and bulk handling is becoming increasingly important. In such an environment an in order to meet new customer requirements, Liebherr presented a new LHM model in March 2011, one year after it added the LHM 500 to its portfolio.

LHM 420

The new model, the LHM 420 is the successor to the LHM 400 and bridges the gap between the LHM 550 and LHM 280. Available in two variants with maximum lifting capacities of 84 and 124 tonnes and a maximum outreach of 48 m, the LHM 420 is said to be ideal for loading and unloading a wide variety of vessels up to Post-Panamax class. The utilisation of a tubular, lightweight tower design reduces corner loads by 12% compared to its predecessor and Liebherr’s Pactronic® hybrid drive system that is available for the LHM 420, enables faster and extra eco-friendly cargo handling.

In 2011, Liebherr delivered 49 mobile harbour cranes in 4-rope configuration for dedicated bulk handling taking the total deliveries of such machines to 216 in the past five years.

Sales review and outlook

Regardless of the global economic and political unsteadiness, Liebherr supplied 85 mobile harbour cranes to customers worldwide in 2011 representing a revenue increase of 25% compared to the previous year.

Europe remains Liebherr’s largest market for mobile harbour cranes, although the 30% share is down 8% on 2010. Latin America is next (20%), followed by India (16%) and Africa (14%) – the same rankings as last year but with minor percentage increases. Asia and the Far East driven by Indonesia and Singapore is a positive market up 9%, as is North America which has doubled to 8%.

Only one year after the market launch of Liebherr’s Pactronic® hybrid drive system which boosts turnover by 30% and reduces exhaust emissions as well as fuel consumption by 30% and is currently available for the LHM 550 and the new LHM 420, one third of 2011 deliveries in 2011 have equipped with the system.

Liebherr says this is a huge success for the company and exceeds all expectations. As a result, Pactronic® is to be gradually rolled out on more crane models and by 2013, it will be offered on its entire mobile harbour crane range.

For 2012 order backlog looks very promising and exceeds the amount of LHMs ordered in the corresponding period last year. For that reason, “Liebherr is on the right track to accomplish 2012 in the range of the remarkable turnover realised in 2011”, the statement concluded.