The 2012 business year progressed well for the Liebherr Group, despite the reduced dynamism of the world economy in the final months of the year. The Group increased its total turnover in the past business year by more than 760 million Euros (more than 9%) to 9.1 billion Euros.
In the construction machinery and mining equipment product areas, Liebherr increased its sales revenue by almost 490 million Euros or 9%. Total sales revenue from these areas was approximately 5,870 million Euros. As in the previous year, this represented about two-thirds of the Group’s total turnover.
There was an above-average rise in turnover from the mining division, by almost 280 million Euros or 28%. This was a slight increase on the previous year’s rate of growth. Total sales revenue was 1,290 million Euros.
Whereas turnover from the mobile cranes division fell last year, it has now also grown at an above-average rate, by more than 200 million Euros or 12% to a total figure in excess of 1,940 million Euros.
In the earthmoving, tower cranes and concrete technology divisions, sales revenue remained at approximately the same level as in the previous year. Sales of earthmoving equipment brought Liebherr a turnover of approximately 2,060 million Euros. The tower cranes and concrete technology division generated a turnover of some 580 million Euros.
In areas outside construction machinery and mining equipment, the Liebherr Group achieved a total turnover of 3,220 million Euros, equivalent to an increase of about 280 million Euros or 9%. There was growth in all the relevant divisions, namely in the maritime cranes, aerospace and transportation systems, machine tools and automation systems areas and in domestic appliances.
The maritime cranes division recorded growth of more than 20 million Euros or 3% to a total turnover of approximately 830 million Euros.
The increase in turnover from the aerospace and transportation systems division was above average: compared with 2011 it rose by almost 120 million Euros or 13%, and reached approximately 1,030 million Euros. Progress in the machine tools and automation systems area was particularly satisfactory: turnover reached almost 260 million Euros, more than 70 million Euros or 39% higher than in the previous year. Turnover from the domestic appliances division totalled some 890 million Euros and was therefore 45 million Euros or 5% higher than in the previous year. Growth was also achieved in the Group’s other product and service areas, where turnover went up by almost 20 million Euros or 9% to more than 210 million Euros.
Turnover according to region
In the 2012 business year the Liebherr Group’s turnover went up in all its sales regions. Particularly high rates of growth were recorded in Eastern Europe and Africa. The Group’s largest individual markets during that period were Germany, Russia, the USA, Australia, France, Great Britain, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands and Austria.
Turnover rose slightly again during 2012 in Western Europe. The Liebherr Group’s sales revenue there was in the region of 3,970 million Euros, an increase of more than 150 million Euros or 4%. In Eastern Europe Liebherr’s total turnover increased by nearly 150 million Euros or 16%, to more than 1,050 million Euros.
The Near and Middle East regions generated a turnover of almost 310 million Euros in the past business year, an increase of nearly 20 million Euros or 6%.