Liebherr opens new facility in South Korea, delivers major orders

Liebherr has opened a new training and service centre in South Korea to meet the growing demand for after-sales service. The company has also received an order for 25 new mobile cranes from local customers, to be delivered this year.

Liebherr Mobile Cranes Korea Ltd was established as a subsidiary of Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH in June 2002. It is responsible for the sales and service of Liebherr mobile and crawler cranes, and now also in charge of MK mobile construction cranes. According to Liebherr, South Korea has developed into a major market for MK mobile construction cranes.

The new training and service centre - with warehousing areas for spare parts and cranes - are located approximately 60 km to the south of Seoul. The opening ceremony for the facility was held in September 2019.

Sophie Albrecht, a member of the Liebherr family was present at the event. “Your confidence in our company and our products convinced us to invest in this new centre to improve our service even more, and to be even more closely aligned with our Korean customers,” she said.

Christoph Kleiner, managing director at Liebherr Werk Ehingen GmbH added, “We want to keep up with the developments on the market, the crane population and the service requirements related to it. And we also want to improve the level of our partnership. We are not just a crane supplier, we supply solutions and want to provide you with the best possible support in your daily challenges.”

Crane handovers

At the opening ceremony, the first Liebherr LTM 1230-5.1 mobile crane in Korea was handed over to Goryeo Crane. This 230-t model will replace an LTM 1200-5.1 with a lifting capacity of 200 t.

Goryeo Crane, a crane rental company based in Busan, owns 10 Liebherr all-terrain cranes with lifting capacities between 60 t and 500 t. The machines are used mainly in the Busan region on industrial and infrastructure building sites and for erecting tower cranes.

In addition, crane contractor Samsung Heavy Equipment Ltd has bought more mobile cranes from Liebherr. The company took delivery of an LTM 1095-5.1 and an LTM 1300-6.1 at the manufacturing plant in Ehingen in October, and has also placed an order for a new LTM 1110-5.1 which is scheduled for delivery in mid-2020.

Based in Ulsan, Samsung Heavy Equipment has a total of 30 cranes - a large proportion of which are Liebherr models. The machines’ lifting capacities range from 60 to 800 t.

Samsung’s newly acquired mobile cranes will replace the older machines. The company’s main areas of operations include industrial construction and infrastructure projects as well as several large refineries in the Ulsan region.