Our History

With an experience of almost 30 years, ECCON can be described as a traditional Austrian company in a very specialised field. Throughout the years, the company made a great development – always in very specialised fields and contributed to many projects. Today ECCON is integrated into the company LCS Cable Cranes GmbH and is prepared for a great future.

The early years of ECCON

ECCON’s story began in 1987 in Nenzing, Austria. Our founder, Horst Zimmermann, already had extensive experience in crane system development, design and construction. Furthermore, he was a key figure in establishing Liebherr in Nenzing. Based on this experience, Zimmermann came up with the idea for an innovative engineering company focusing on transport solutions for abnormal loads. During these early days, ECCON primarily specialised in cranes and excavators, including finite element analysis (FEA) .

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Outstanding crane systems

In the 1990s, ECCON began developing complete crane systems for major industry players such as Zeppelin and Palfinger. We then started designing and manufacturing our own. The crawler cranes we developed for Zeppelin had capacities of between 40 and 100 tons, while Palfinger’s ship cranes could handle 1.5 to 25 tons. ECCON’s mobile telescopic cranes lifted 20 to 40 tons.

Experts in drive systems

Over time, ECCON also became an expert in redesigning and modifying crane systems. These were typically used for example at irrigation plants or for lifting rail cars. ECCON has gone on to amass extensive experience in a broad range of fields – from steel structures to hydraulic systems and electric drives. Ultimately, the company opted to focus on the design and manufacture of drive systems for steel structures – and we are proud to offer first-class solutions in this area.

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Specialists in retractable roofs

In 1996, ECCON installed its very first cable-supported  retractable roof at the “Am Rothenbaum” tennis arena in Hamburg, Germany. The solution featured a drive system and other components that were designed and built in-house. This successful project ushered in a new era for the company. Since then, ECCON has brought a number of prestigious projects to fruition, including the roof at Frankfurt’s “Deutsche Bank Park” (former “Commerzbank Arena” or “Waldstadion”) – a pioneering construction for a venue of its size. Other undertakings include BC Place in Vancouver, the Dubai mall, plus a public square in Doha, Qatar.

LCS Cable Cranes

Since 2015, ECCON is part of LCS Cable Cranes, which specialises in the construction of cable crane systems in rough terrain and winches as drive solutions. Thanks to this company structure, ECCON has not only the necessary industry expertise and technical know-how, but also the business knowledge and resources required to tackle large-scale international projects.

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