Plant to build switchgear and electric motors
Liebherr Group’s has followed news of a new spare parts logistics centre with the announcement it will build a $66 million ( 50m) component factory in Biberach, near to the plant where it manufactures its tower crane portfolio.
The plant will be used for the development and manufacturing of switchgear and also electric motors and generators.
These functions are currently carried out at the company’s existing factory in Biberach, and are to be relocated to the new site.
With the branch, the Liebherr-Components Biberach GmbH business unit will have the additional capacity necessary to meet the growing demand of these products in the long term, said the company.
The branch is set to be ready to begin production by the end of 2014. Measuring 14.5 hectares, the site in Biberach an der Riss will initially have two production halls built on it, each with a surface area of over 10,000m².
Another building that combines the two halls will offer a floor space of about 4500 m² for a showroom and communal facilities, while an office building with four floors and a usable area of over 7,200 m² will be constructed.
There are also plans for a combined heat and power plant to cover the basic energy requirements for the production halls. Capacities to extend the factory have already been taken account of in the site and building plans, said Liebherr.
This year Liebherr Group announced revenue of $7.7bn for 2012, an increase of 9% on the previous year.