January 23 - Liebherr supplied 112 mobile harbour cranes to six continents in 2014, breaking its existing delivery record by almost 10 percent.

"We started [2014] with a record order backlog into the year," said Matthias Mungensast, sales director for Liebherr mobile harbour cranes. "Throughout the year demand for our state-of-the-art cargo handling solution was very stable on a high level."

One highlight for Liebherr's mobile harbour crane division in 2014 was a large order from a purchasing association of Algerian port operators, which opted for 20 of the LHM model cranes. This order brought the total number of LHM cranes delivered to Algeria to 43.

Liebherr said that the LHM 550 was the most successful model of the year, with 35 units shipped worldwide; while the LHM 280 also grew in popularity, with 23 units sold to eight countries.

A geographical breakdown of the year showed that Europe (including Russia) was the main region for Liebherr's mobile harbour cranes, with 42 units delivered in 2014. A close second was the African market, where 33 of Liebherr's LHM units began operating last year.

Customers in Latin America opted for 14 units in 2014, while Liebherr's Asian customers received the same number of machines.

Liebherr is optimistic that 2015 will also be a positive year for its mobile harbour cranes, noting that its LHM order backlog is one of the company's highest ever.