The world’s first Liebherr crawler excavator to be offered with factory-fitted Leica Geosystems machine control technology

The first factory fitted Liebherr crawler excavator with Leica Geosystems machine control technology arrives to the UK

(HEERBRUGG, SWITZERLAND, 18 February 2021) – Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, today announced the latest advancement of the cooperation with Liebherr, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery, by delivering the first Liebherr crawler excavator with factory-fitted machine control technology in the UK to optimise productivity and provide customers a ready-to-use solution directly from the factory.

The construction industry is on the verge of major disruptive changes, and contractors increasingly adopt new technologies to ease day-to-day operations in four major areas: productivity, safety, labour shortages, and collaboration between the office and field crews. To help those shaping the future infrastructure of our world with easy-to use-solutions, Hexagon provides Heavy Construction Solutions (through its brands such as Leica Geosystems and AGTEK) that include hardware, software, cloud-enablement and services for equipment, field and office operations. For construction projects to be on time, on budget and on specification, the portfolio improves key workflows involving people, machines and material and is renowned for its dirt simple, integration and deployment.

Through this strategic partnership, Liebherr and Leica Geosystems are delivering easy-to-use and integrated solutions to the heavy construction industry, supporting its customers with ready to use technology, directly from the factory. Liebherr’s high-quality and reliable excavators coupled with Leica Geosystem’s 200 years of expertise in positioning technology, provide an excellent solution to construction professionals aiming to increase productivity on the jobsite.

The recent collaboration between these two industry leaders in construction machinery and positioning technology, enables customers to receive Liebherr wheeled and crawler excavators (generations 6 and 8) with factory installed Leica iXE2 2D and iXE3 3D machine control solutions.

The world’s first arrives to the UK

The world’s first factory fitted Liebherr crawler excavator with Leica Geosystem’s 3D machine control solutions has been delivered to Brad-Pave in the UK.

When Paul Bradshaw, director at Brad-Pave, saw the partnership announcement between Leica Geosystem and Liebherr shortly after ConExpo 2020, he immediately called his Liebherr representative, Andy Foster, to order his new crawler excavator R 934 Litronic with factory-fitted machine control solution. Bradshaw has already used two different machine control systems from Leica Geosystems in the past. Now, ordering his new Liebherr crawler excavator of the new generation 8, he is able to invest in the most reliable machine, with pre-installed machine control technology that he trusts.

“I’ve been using GPS for three years and tilt rotators for five years, so I know the numbers work. With a small business, everything has to work right first time, I’m a big believer in getting the best kit for the job – that’s why I chose the combination of Leica Geosystems machine control solution and Liebherr’s new generation of crawler excavator,” said Bradshaw.

Complete control for crawler excavators worldwide

“In the digital age, construction autonomy such as machine control systems for earthmoving machines are becoming increasingly important,” says Thomas Haas, Head of Product Management and in charge of the cooperation project between Liebherr and Leica Geosystems. “Through the strategic partnership with Leica Geosystems, we can now offer our customers state-of-the-art integrated solutions for machine control systems directly from our factory.”

Available for customers across Europe, Liebherr excavators can be ordered with the factory-fitted Leica Geosystems machine control solution directly at local Liebherr dealerships or subsidiaries. The Liebherr excavator factory teams have been trained by Leica Geosystems and assemble the systems directly on the assembly lines for wheeled and crawler excavators.

Next machines will be commissioned in Germany, France, Nordic countries, Central Europe as well as in Spain.

About the Liebherr Group
The Liebherr Group employs over 48,000 people in more than 140 companies across all continents. In 2019 Liebherr achieved a total consolidated turnover of more than 11.7 billion euros. As a global family-run technology company the Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machines and is recognised for developing technically advanced and user-oriented products and services. The Liebherr Group is divided into eleven divisions. Liebherr was founded in Kirchdorf an der Iller in southern Germany in 1949.
About the Earthmoving division
The Earthmoving division manufactures a broad range of earthmoving machines at sites in Germany, France, Austria, China, Brazil and Russia. Special civil engineering machines and material handlers for diverse applications are also part of this business area. The Earthmoving division employs 9,930 employees and achieved a record turnover of 3,178 million euros in 2019.


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Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right
Met meer dan 200 jaar geschiedenis is Leica Geosystems, onderdeel van Hexagon, de vertrouwde leverancier van eersteklas sensoren, software en diensten. Leica Geosystems levert elke dag waarde aan professionals in de landmeetkunde, bouw, infrastructuur, mijnbouw, cartografie en andere sectoren die afhankelijk zijn van geospatiale gegevens, en leidt de industrie met innovatieve oplossingen voor onze autonome toekomst.

Hexagon is een wereldwijde leider op het gebied van sensors, software en autonome oplossingen. Wij zetten data aan het werk om de efficiëntie, productiviteit en kwaliteit te stimuleren in toepassingen voor industriële fabricage, infrastructuur, veiligheid en mobiliteit.

Onze technologieën geven dusdanig vorm aan ecosystemen in stedelijke en productieve omgevingen dat deze steeds meer ‘connected’ en autonoom worden, op weg naar een schaalbare en duurzame toekomst.

De divisie Geosystems van Hexagon beschikt over een uitgebreid portfolio van digitale oplossingen die de fysieke wereld vastleggen, meten en visualiseren en de datagestuurde transformatie door verschillende industrie-ecosystemen mogelijk maken.

Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) heeft ongeveer 24,000 werknemers in 50 landen en een netto-omzet van ongeveer 5.2bn EUR. Meer informatie op en volg ons via @HexagonAB.

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