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Liebherr Group

Liebherr Group

Industry: 
Construction
Value of USG Contracts: 
1
States: 
VA
Country: 
Germany
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The Liebherr Group is a large, decentralized manufacturing company made up of over 100 companies that operate independently under the Liebherr Group banner, with a workforce of over 32,000 and revenues of 6.96 billion euros in 2009. The Liebherr Group focuses on construction equipment and specializes in cranes, aircraft parts, and mining (Company Website).

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According to the Liebherr, the company sells equipment in Iran through the Tehran-based Boron Marz Co. (Liebherr website. “Sales and service partners worldwide”).

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In 2004, a company press release revealed that the Iranian “Ports and Shipping Organization,” closely linked to Iran’s blacklisted Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL)—which is inextricably connected to the regime’s missile and nuclear programs—possesses “a total of 26 Liebherr harbour mobile cranes, including 6 different crane types.” (Liebherr website, “Iranian customer purchases the 100th Liebherr harbour mobile crane, type LHM 400”)

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According to World Cargo News, in 2005 the Ports and Shipping Organization purchased another six Liebherr cranes. (World Cargo News, “Mobile cranes roll to record levels,” January 2006)

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The Iranian company Shenavar Saze Pooyesh (SSP) states it is the exclusive agent of Liebherr Werk Nenzig, the Austrian subsidiary of Liebherr (SSP website. “Home.”) SSP major clients are in the shipping and oil and gas industries, including such sanctioned entities as the IRISL, which is listed as using “Liebherr Deck Cranes” (SSP website. “About us.”)

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In 2005, the German government worked to stop the delivery of a special-purpose $785,000 Liebherr crane to Mizan Machine, a blacklisted Iranian shell company affiliated with Iran’s ballistic missile program. It was suspected the crane would be used to support the regime’s missile program. (Der Spiegel, “Will a German Crane Be Used By the Mullahs to Make Missiles?”, 4/25/05; Iran Watch, “Iranian Entity: Mizan Machine Manufacturing Group). It is unclear if the German government succeeded in stopping the delivery.