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US Ambassador visits Liebherr MCCtec Rostock GmbH

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The United States Ambassador to Germany, John B. Emerson, has visited Liebherr MCCtec Rostock GmbH. The visit centred around an exchange of information on the importance of the North American market for the maritime industry.

After being welcomed by Leopold Berthold, Managing Director of Liebherr MCCtec Rostock GmbH, the ambassador discussed the current situation for the maritime industry in the US market with some of the company’s sales managers. Liebherr's maritime division has been successfully represented in the US with its entire range of products. Especially the mobile harbour cranes produced in Rostock have acquired an excellent reputation in the United States in recent years and are being used in ports all over the country. In 2015 approx. ten percent of the Liebherr mobile harbour cranes ordered throughout the world were sold in the United States. This emphasises the importance of the North American market for the Liebherr company.

With more than 1400 units delivered to 100 countries worldwide Liebherr mobile harbour cranes convince in all fields of application such as container handling, bulk operation and even heavy lifts up to 308 t.

Thanks to the broad ship and port crane product portfolio Liebherr was also able to respond to several specific customer requirements in the US market.

Liebherr for example realized a prestige project at the Niagara Falls in the State of New York. This special installed crane, type FCC 320R, is used to lift the visitor boats out of the water and to store them on the pier at the end of each season.

Despite the current difficult market situation in the offshore sector Liebherr managed it to deliver 24 offshore cranes with a contract value of approximately €50 million in the past ten years to the Unites States.

The ship-to-shore container cranes, produced in the Liebherr factory in Killarney in Ireland, are in great demand in US American ports. This year alone, four gantry cranes were delivered to New Jersey. For the new Liebherr Reachstacker model, the LRS 545, the company also expects high potential in the United States market.

The very informative conversation Liebherr representatives underlined the importance of the North American market for the company.

After very informative dialogues, ambassador John B. Emerson and his wife Kimberly joined a factory tour through the production site of Liebherr Rostock and were really impressed: "Fascinating what Liebherr established at this young facility. These huge cranes which are produced in Rostock and supplied from here to the whole world, that's really impressive."

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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