Jubilee : Excavator marking 60 years of Liebherr


Jubilee : Excavator marking 60 years of Liebherr in France handed over to the Chavaz Père et Fils company

The handover of the R 960 SME crawler excavator to our long-standing client 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.

A special design for a jubilee

The 60thanniversary of Liebherr in France is highlighted by the special design of this R 960 SME crawler excavator. With a “vintage” look, the Chavaz Père et Fils crawler excavator sports 1960sAgainst 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 very 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 centre of the excavator, on the counterweight, where it nestles among the French national colours.

A decision of conviction

In search of expertise and flawless quality, Chavaz Père et Fils, a company specialising in quarrying, puts its faith in Liebherr. This Liebherr customer 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 over 16,000 hours of use, the customer is making a repeat purchase from Liebherr. The reliability of Liebherr’s products, along with the total package of services offered by the company and its distributor Tecmat convinced.

The SME range for challenging applications

Including excavators from 42 to 100 tonnes, the SME range features four specialised 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.

Chavaz down through the generations

Truly a family business, Chavaz began its quarrying activities on the frontier with Switzerland. Initially involved in agriculture, the company branched out into extraction work at the Mont Salève quarries in the mid-1800s.

A few hundred years later, the Chavaz brothers’ business presence would span both sides of the frontier. Over time, the company grew to become a major player in quarrying, offering a variety of quarry materials and gravels in the Geneva area.

Today, the company is engaged in a variety of sectors that complement each other, such as sale and transport of materials recycled from construction waste, sale and transport of special materials to trade and retail customers, and solutions for managing material excavated during earthmoving and waste from demolition work.

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