The Manitou Group is a French corporation based in Ancenis. It was founded in the year 1953 and first focused on the French market. The focus was set on the manufacturing of both smaller construction machines as well as agricultural machinery. Manitou expanded for the first time in the year 1972 with the establishment of a subsidiary in the UK and in Ireland. More subsidiaries followed suit in the following decades, among them Manitou Benelux (1991) and Manitou Germany (1996). The first non-European subsidiary was finally opened in Australia in 2005.
The manufacturer is especially known for its telescopic handlers. The first Manitou telescopic handlers for the agricultural sector were introduced into the market in 1989. Among the used Manitou telescopic handlers on the tractorpool-platform, the Manitou MLT840 ELITE, MT1840 and MT1030 enjoy great popularity. The product range also includes a wide range of forklift trucks, spare parts and accessories for machinery, wheel loaders, loading tools, excavators and many more.
In the year 2006 the corporation achieved for the first time 1 billion Euros in sales. Since, an international logistics centre for Manitou spare parts (2007) and a new Manitou Centre in Salzgitter (2016) have been opened among other things. The latter sets the focus on the production of agricultural machinery or auxiliary products. Altogether five brands belong to the Manitou Group, under whose label different construction machinery and agricultural machinery are produced.
These are, on the one hand, the eponymous brand Manitou with telescopic handlers, Manitou forklift trucks and lifting platforms, but also Loc pallet trucks and lift trucks, Mustang mini-excavators and compact excavators as well as skid steer loaders. Moreover, Manitou Gehl produces and distributes loaders and excavators and attachments of the brand Edge. Production and distribution are carried out worldwide by approximately 3300 employees of the Manitou Group.