History of Manitou
Since the invention of the first all-terrain forklift truck, the search for innovation has always been at the origin of the great successes of the Manitou brand. And more broadly of the Manitou group through its two other brands, Gehl and Mustang by Manitou.
In 1958, in the west of France, Marcel Braud imagined the principle of an original machine: inverting the layout of a farm tractor, adding a lifting mast and hydraulic steering. The first all-terrain forklift truck had just been born. It will make the success of the company and will lead to its worldwide influence.
"I had to find a name for these trucks... It will be MANITOU, a name decided during a family brainstorming session: a truck that "handles everything"! It is pronounceable in all languages, ideal for international development! "
Marcel Braud, Founder of Manitou
LAUNCH OF THE VERY FIRST ALL-TERRAIN TRUCK
The MC 5 is designed for the construction market and has a load capacity of 500 kg.
In 2017, a new version of this historic forklift truck launched on the market: the MC 18, with a load capacity of 1.8 tonnes.
LAUNCH OF THE FIRST TELESCOPIC HANDLER
With the Maniscopic range, Manitou enters the telescopic handler market. A real growth driver, these machines became the company's flagship products.
LAUNCH OF AERIAL WORK PLATFORMS
The 100 AE (electric articulated aerial platform) was launched in March 1993, with a lifting height of 10 meters. Today, the group offers MEWPS ranging from 8 to 28 meters. This range of products, which is very popular with rental companies, is manufactured in Candé, France.
Launch of the first MRT rotating telescopic handler
The MRT 1540 is the first rotary telehandler of the group. This product range, which can rotate 360° continuously, enriches the offer for construction professionals. The MRTs are designed and produced in Castelfranco, in the group's Italian factory.
500,000th MACHINE SOLD
The Manitou group reaches the half-million mark of machines produced, all brands combined. A special model, an MLT with iridescent colours, is specially designed for this occasion.
- The Manitou Group signs an agreement to take a majority stake in the Perth-based LiftRite Hire & Sales dealer. With the acquisition of this historic dealer, the group strengthens its presence in the mining sector, a sector in which LiftRite specializes.
- Purchase of Manitou Equipment India - addition of backhoe loader range
In order to strengthen its presence in emerging markets, the Manitou Group acquires TEPL located in Greater Noida (India), which becomes the group's eleventh production site. Now called Manitou Equipment India, it specializes in the production and distribution of backhoe loaders and mini-loaders.