Liebherr Builds African Maritime Haven


Liebherr Maritime Cranes recently celebrated the grand opening of a new sales and service centre in Durban, South Africa.

The new African maritime hub was opened by a number of guests from the local industry and Liebherr representatives. Mainly as a result of the close cooperation with Transnet over the past few years, Liebherr-Africa (LAF) has decided to extend its activities and to establish a specialised maritime hub in Durban.

A supplier development (SD) agreement between Transnet and Liebherr is the latest expression of this long lasting partnership.

Placed in a central position, out of Durban, the hub ensures that LAF-based clients are getting the same level of service and support as could be expected when dealing directly with the head office in Europe.

With this hub, LAF covers various requirements as mining companies need adequate infrastructure and competence to ship mineral resources as well as equipment into and out of adjacent countries.

Henner Rodenwoldt, Maritime Cranes Divisional Manager at LAF, said: “the investment in the new African maritime hub is very important for the maritime industry in southern Africa. It ensures fast and high quality customer service in terms of maintenance, spare parts supply and personnel training.”

The new African maritime hub consists of sales, service and training personnel, who are all factory trained. It also holds a significant spare parts stock, which will service a large part of the African market.

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