LIEBHERR-WERK Nenzing is planning to build a new assembly hall for offshore and harbour mobile cranes in the north German port of Rostock.

The main factory in Nenzing, Austria will continue to produce its current range of ship, offshore, harbour mobile and crawler cranes, but some of the largest machines will be shipped in component form to Rostock for final assembly. This solves the problem of transporting large equipment across land to reach customers and also relieves pressure on the Nenzing factory which has reached the limits of its capacity. Turnover of Liebherr-Werk Nenzing has grown 12% a year over the last five years, the company said, including 20% last year when sales reached E288m.

The new Rostock facility represents an investment of E35m for Liebherr. The assembly hall is to be built on a 220,000m2 site. Operations are planned to begin at the end of 2004 and based on current planning it will employ 350 people by 2006. In future years it may be upgraded from an assembly centre to a manufacturing base, Liebherr said, although it would remain a subsidiary of Liebherr Nenzing, like Liebherr Sunderland in the UK, rather than a separate company within the Liebherr group.