LiuGong chairman and president Zeng Guang'an with the 856H wheeled loader
LiuGong chairman Zeng Guang’an has stressed the importance of the European market to the long-term health of the global construction equipment industry.
“Europe is both an opportunity and challenge to LiuGong,” said Guang’an. “LiuGong has changed quickly in Europe due to meet technology needs. To a certain extent, this market indicates the future of the entire industry. We have been in the European market for more than seven years and have proved that we can adapt to the latest trends thanks to our solid foundation here. Our two hubs here, together with our dealers, enables us to respond quickly to customer needs.”
Guang’an, who is also LiuGong’s president, said LiuGong Europe had achieved more than €37 million in sales revenues in 2014 – 10% of total overseas sales by the Chinese construction equipment manufacturing giant in the year. This almost matched results in 2013, he added. Globally, Guang’an said LiuGong had achieved €1.5 billion sales revenues, with 35,000 machines sold.
While LiuGong was focused on providing strong customer support through “localised business models”, Guang'an also sees the delivery of reliable products as key to success. He highlighted how R&D has been one of LiuGong’s top priorities, pointing to the earmarked June 2015 opening of the company’s new R&D centre next to LiuGong’s Liuzhou, southern China, HQ.
Of the continuing challenging global construction equipment trading climate, Guang’an said: “There has been intensive regional political and economic situations: lower demand for resources, emerging economies decreasing, and conservative investments. This has all led to a sharp decrease in demand for heavy equipment.”
Guang’an said the tough trading conditions had led to the firm restructuring and focusing on efficiencies to adapt to the “new normality of the industry”.
This has included LiuGong offering new products, such as mobile crushers, through its joint venture with Finnish crushing and screening equipment giant Metso. “I have confidence that LiuGong can be a winner,” he concluded.