In America turnover also developed positively, with an increase of almost 140 million Euros or 11% to approximately 1,500 million Euros.
The Liebherr Group recorded a most welcome increase in turnover on the African continent, where turnover reached some 590 million Euros, more than 120 million Euros or 26% higher than in the previous year. In the Far East / Australia region, Liebherr was able to repeat the positive tendency noted in the 2011 business year. The 12 % increase in turnover for 2012 was approximately the same as had been achieved in the previous year. The region yielded sales revenues of approximately 1,670 million Euros, about 180 million Euros more than in 2011.
The annual accounts of Liebherr-International AG, Bulle (Switzerland), indicate a surplus for the Group of approximately 540 million Euros, an increase of nearly 60 million Euros or just under 12%.
To match the Group’s growth, the workforce grew again significantly in the review year, at the end of which Liebherr employed some 37,800 people worldwide, an increase of approximately 2,470.
At the end of the year the Group had some 15,500 employees in Germany, about 980 more than at the same time a year previously. The number of employees at Austrian Liebherr companies went up to approximately 4,790 in 2012, about 60 more than in the previous year. Nearly 320 new jobs were created in France, for a total in the region of 3,270 on December 31, 2012. In Switzerland, there were about 80 new employees, bringing the total up to approximately 1,280. In the remaining European countries the total workforce increased by about 370 to approximately 5,070 employees.
In regions outside Europe, the workforce grew by about 650 to a total of about 7,880. Liebherr companies on the American continent had some 3,480 employees in all on December 31, 2012, about 260 more than at the end of 2011. Some 300 new jobs were created during the review year in Asia and Australia; this put the total workforce up to more than 3,550. In Africa the workforce increased by about 90 to a new total of almost 850.
Outlook for 2013
In 2013 the Liebherr Group currently expects total turnover to reach the same level as in the previous year. Relatively moderate development is to be expected in the construction machinery and mining areas in particular.
Since the sales and service network is to be enlarged again and capacity increased at various production locations, creation of further new jobs is planned for 2013.