Liebherr-France SAS in Colmar, France, has invested 5 million Euro in an assembly line for its new “Generation 8” excavators, seven models that will be rolled out in various markets throughout 2019.
The new assembly line achieves average cycle times of 155 minutes per station with an output of 5 excavators each day, the company says. Altogether, the "R3" assembly line has 26 workstations and 9 preassembly stations synchronized with the main line.
Liebherr-France SAS in Colmar is the main production location for earthmoving crawler excavators in the Liebherr Group. It employs 1,500 people to build 2,000 machines annually.
The standard production range comprises around thirty crawler excavator models, from the R 914 Compact to the R 980 SME for earthmoving work and mining.
Production also includes a large number of specialized machines for special work requirements, such as demolition, material handling, maritime applications (pontoons), tunnel construction applications, as well as electric excavators.