Excavator marks Liebherr’s first 60 years
The handover of the R 960 SME crawler excavator to Chavaz Père et Fils marks Liebherr’s 60 years in France. At the avenue Joseph Rey in Colmar since 1961, this site is synonymous with local and national expertise in the development and production of the Liebherr Group’s earthmoving crawler excavators for the whole world.
The 60th anniversary of Liebherr in France is highlighted by the special design of this R 960 SME crawler excavator.
Against a grey background, the retro-modern fusion depicts the philosophy of the Liebherr brand, a company that is innovative while also proud of its origins and roots.
Emphatically “Made in France,” this special 60 tonne machine’s components are painted in the colours of the country where it was manufactured. The excavator’s counterweight, undercarriage and uppercarriage have a blue, white and red trim, as an indispensable and yet subtle celebration of 60 years of French quality.
“60” is a key number for this event – referring not only to the weight in tons of the machine and the decade of Liebherr’s arrival in France but also to how many years Liebherr has been in the country. That is why this number appears right in the center of the excavator, on the counterweight, where it nestles among the French national colors.
Chavaz Père et Fils, based in the Haute-Savoie area carries out multiple activities including pick-up, loading and direct materials extraction. The customer attaches great importance to the innovation and performance of the machine.
Chavaz Père et Fils’s choice was no accident. Already the owner of an R 964 having proved itself in more than 16,000 hours of use, Chavaz Père et Fils is making a repeat purchase from Liebherr.
Including excavators from 42 to 100 tonnes, the SME range features four specialized models for quarrying applications. All variants have reinforced undercarriages for increased robustness, with integrated components from models higher up the standard range. In the case of the R 960 SME excavator for Chavaz Père et Fils, these components come from the 70 tonne R 966 HD excavator.
For quarrying applications and use of the larger-capacity buckets required, SME crawler excavators come equipped with a heavy counterweight. This keeps the machine stable, making it more comfortable for the operator. In line with Liebherr’s philosophy, the excavator’s movement kinematics and special SME cylinders offer more powerful digging and breakout forces that are unrivalled in this machine category on the market.