Liebherr realigns Rostock plant
By Ian Vallely25 January 2016
Design, sales and customer service for mobile harbour cranes, reachstackers, ship cranes and offshore cranes will all operate out of Liebherr’s maritime production site in Rostock, Germany.
This strategic realignment of Liebherr Maritime Cranes is designed to increase performance, focus on new growth areas and improve operational efficiency across the maritime portfolio.
The company said, “Centralised know-how in combination with direct sea access provides valuable advantages for our customers. The new structure will speed decision making and increase productivity, while providing a simplified customer experience.
“The bundling of our essential maritime sales and technical resources in one location ensures the creation of synergies and a short way of communication. This will result in a better and faster service.”
The Maritime Training Centre, as an integral part of the Liebherr Academy Rostock, offers training solutions and product training to reduce operator errors, security risks and crane downtime. The latest training methods using Liebherr simulators, cutaway models and 3D simulations are designed to ensure that trainees can immediately apply their new skills in practice.
Direct sea access is a key advantage of Liebherr’s factory in Rostock. The company’s cranes can be shipped in parts or even fully assembled. They can be driven on to barges for transport and immediate operation after arrival.
The Rostock factory has been growing since it was opened in 2002 and now employs more than 1,400 people. Rostock has taken the lead in production for all maritime cranes, excluding container cranes, which are manufactured in Ireland.
Liebherr’s factories in Rostock, Killarney (Ireland), Nenzing (Austria) and Sunderland (UK) are arranged as a production network. This is said to allow for more order flexibility to quickly adjust to varying market demands.