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Bauma may be the worlds biggest international construction exhibition but it is still a German event so the home team always puts on a good show.

None is ever better than Liebherrs, which for 1998 boasts a single 10,000m2 block in the open area with 74 machines on display, half of them for the first time. And even though Caterpillar is filling 1,000m2 more space, every word is true of Liebherrs claim to have the biggest stand, since the US rivals is split between 8,000m2 in a hall and a stand in the open area.

Concrete plants, crawler tractors, crawler excavators, diesel engines, mining trucks, mobile cranes, rope excavators, tower cranes, truckmixers and wheeled loaders; small ones, big ones, vast ones, Liebherr makes them.

Many of the updates and innovations have been geared for display at Bauma for the first time. Highlights include a new two speed hoisting gear as standard for top slewing tower cranes. The Litronic crane control system will now include a teleservice radio which automatically transmits maintenance data to a predetermined service station, allowing remote diagnosis of servicing needs.

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