Liebherr’s Expanding Engine Business

The Liebherr Group in Switzerland, now a $11.16 billion (€9.845 billion) family-owned manufacturer and service provider, is spread across 11 product divisions covering construction, mining and concrete equipment, three different crane groups, aerospace and transportation systems, plus hotels and domestic appliances. 

The company also includes an expanding and increasingly active components division, Liebherr-Component Technologies AG, founded in 2007. The division manufactures diesel and gas engines, fuel injection systems, engine control units, axial piston pumps and motors, hydraulic cylinders, slewing bearings, gearboxes, electric drive and control technology, drive systems, electronic components and software, and also remanufactures used components. 

Liebherr’s diesel range has grown to cover engines from 4 to 20 cylinders with outputs from 176 to hp 6110 hp (130 kW to 4.5 MW). In 2012/2013, the company also added natural gas engines in the same cylinder range with outputs from 197 to hp 1454 hp (145 to 1070 kW). 

In recent years, the company has become very active outside of its own equipment, providing engines to other OEMs and entering cooperations around the world.  

The engine expansion started in 2014 with an agreement with Kamaz in Russia to develop in-line diesels. Germany’s Deutz and Liebherr announced an agreement in 2017, under which Deutz would distribute four Liebherr models under its own brand in 2019.  At about the same time, Liebherr and Kohler signed a supply agreement for Liebherr diesel engines carrying the Kohler brand name, for a new line of Kohler and Kohler-SDMO generator sets.

That was followed by an agreement with John Deere Power Systems to jointly evaluate engine technologies, designs and development processes for future power needs of each company.  

And the news continued with the signing of a cooperation agreement with Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG for the development, distribution and service of diesel engines for rail vehicles.

Given all that activity, Diesel Progress visited Gebhard Schwarz, managing director of Liebherr-Component Technologies AG, to discuss this rapid expansion of the company’s engine business.

A more complete look at all of this can be found in the January issue of Diesel Progress.

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