Liebherr-France SAS invests 5 million Euro in new assembly line
Integration of new generation of crawler excavators
Liebherr-France SAS in Colmar has put a new assembly line into operation. It is based on the principles of lean management, and will thus contribute to further improvements in quality and productivity. Overall, the company has invested five million Euro in the XY-metre-long production line.
The main task of the new line is to produce the latest generation of Liebherr crawler excavators, which was launched on the market worldwide this year as the "Generation 8". The product line consists of the R 922, R 924, R 926, R 930, R 934, R 938 and R 945 models.
With logistical means that are optimally geared to production, the new assembly line achieves average cycle times of 155 minutes per station with an output of 5 excavators each day. Altogether, the "R3" assembly line has 26 work stations and 9 preassembly stations synchronised with the main line.
With a workforce of over 1,500 employees and annual production of 2000 machines, Liebherr-France SAS in Colmar is the main production location for earthmoving crawler excavators in the Liebherr Group. The standard production range comprises around thirty crawler excavator models, from the R 914 Compact to the R 980 SME for earthmoving work and for use in mining. Production also includes a large number of special machines for special work requirements, such as, for example, the deconstruction of buildings, material handling, maritime applications (pontoons) or tunnel construction applications, as well as electric excavators. The crawler excavators with an operating weight of 14 to 100 tonnes are equipped with Liebherr engines with power of 90 to 420 kW.