Liebherr celebrates production of 60,000th crawler excavator at the Liebherr-France SAS site in Colmar

The special R 922 crawler excavator equipped with special panels designed by artist Jean Linnhoff will be showcased at the bauma 2019 expo

Liebherr, Crawler excavator, Bauma, Colmar, Jean Linnhoff
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The 60,000th crawler excavator to be produced at the Liebherr-France SAS site in Colmar was presented to the company's staff on 1 March. As a model from Liebherr's latest generation of crawler excavators with an operating weight of 22 tonnes, this machine will be on show in April at the bauma 2019 expo.

The R 922 from the Liebherr Group's latest generation is equipped with special panels designed by illustrator and graffiti artist Jean Linnhoff. The Liebherr operator's cab remains white, while blue has been chosen as the background colour for the R 922 excavator as a reference to its country of origin, France. Jean Linnhoff designed the panels, harmoniously combining graphical elements and design. To come up with his design, the artist spent six days working in a separate room at the Colmar site under conditions of strict secrecy.

The text 'A cœur' (literally: 'To heart') on both sides of the machine alludes to the collaborative partnership with the Alsace Region (Agence d'Attractivité de l'Alsace). A world map across the entire uppercarriage acts as a reminder that the crawler excavator is sold all around the world from the site in Colmar. Lastly, the company employees who contributed their expertise were also celebrated; they all wrote their name on the undercarriage.

Liebherr-France SAS has been developing and producing crawler excavators in Colmar since 1961. In the beginning, these machines were specially designed for earthmoving applications, while the range was later extended with the addition of machinery for the mining industry. In 2011, a dedicated production site with a clear separation between these two areas was established: Liebherr-Mining-Equipment Colmar SAS.

This new stage is symbolic of the company's long-term strategy and the combined expertise of this specific production site for Liebherr crawler excavators from 14 to 100 tonnes. The current model series is designed for earthmoving and mining applications, material handling, demolition work and tunnel construction.

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