March 25 - Liebherr Maritime Cranes has opened a new specialised maritime hub, including a sales and service centre, in Durban, South Africa, trading as Liebherr Africa.

One of the key reasons prompting Liebherr's decision to establish this new division was its close relationship with state-owned rail, port and pipeline company, Transnet - an operator of over 60 Liebherr cranes, 13 mobile harbour cranes, 31 ship to shore container cranes and 18 rubber tyre gantry cranes. This partnership has been further strengthened with the signing of a supplier development agreement.
Liebherr Africa is also targeting South Africa's steadily growing maritime market. By being based in a central position, out of Durban, the hub ensures that Liebherr's Africa based clients will receive the same level of service and support as could be expected when dealing directly with the head office in Europe, says the company.
With this hub, Liebherr Africa also hopes to serve the country's large mining industry, whose companies need adequate infrastructure to ship mineral resources and equipment into and out of adjacent countries. "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," said Liebherr-Africa maritime cranes divisional manager Henner Rodenwoldt.