IN FOCUS: Liebherr expects 50% aerospace business growth until 2018

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Swiss-based engineering group Liebherr is expanding its facility in Lindenberg, southern Germany, to accommodate its participation in new aircraft programmes.

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Liebherr's A350 landing-gear test rig

Last year, the manufacturer built a test centre at the headquarters of its aerospace and transportation systems unit in Toulouse, France, where the production of air management equipment is centred. But earlier this year, the company decided to invest €70 million ($86 million) to extend the Lindenberg plant, which sits close to the Austrian border. The plant specialises in flight control and actuation systems as well as landing gears.

Together with another facility in nearby Friedrichshafen, by Lake Constance, it employs 2,050 staff and generated about half of Liebherr's €913 million aerospace and transportation business in 2011. The group was founded by Hans Liebherr in 1948 to produce a mobile tower crane, and is still wholly owned by the family. Its turnover in 2011 was €8.3 billion.

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