History of Manitou

In 1958, the founder of the concern, Marcel Braud, changed the principle of an original agricultural tractor adding a lifting mast and a hydraulic steering. It was a rather extraordinary engineering solution for that time. So the all-terrain forklift truck had just been born.

The same year, the Manitou trademark was patented. “ I had to find a name for these forklifts ... It'll be MANITOU, a name decided during a family brainstorming session: a forklift that «handles» everything! It is pronounceable in every language and is ideal for international development!”

Marcel Braud, Founder of Manitou


1958 Launch of the first rough-terrain forklift. The MC5 was intended for the construction market and had a load capacity of 500 kg. In 2017, a new version of this legendary forklift entered the market: the MC 18 with a lifting capacity of 1.8 tons.


1972 Beginning of internationalization. The first Manitou UK subsidiary opens at Chandlers Ford, near Southampton in England, UK. In total, the company has 30 subsidiaries around the world.


1981 Launch of the first telescopic handler. With the Maniscopic series, Manitou enters the telehandler market. A real engines of growth, these machines became the company's flagship products.


1984 Manitou BF is listed on the Second Marché of the Paris Stock Exchange.


1993 Launch of the first lifting platform. 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.

In the same year, MRT ROTATING TELESCOPIC HANDLER was launched. The first rotary machine of the company's group is MRT 1540. Rotary telescopic loaders that can rotate 360 ° and are mainly designed for construction. The MRT range is developed and manufactured in Castelfranco, the company's Italian plant.


1995 Launch of the first truck-mounted  forklift. With the MANITRANSIT range, the Manitou Group is now in the truck-mounted forklift market. These machines are designed to facilitate the loading and unloading of trucks.


2007 Manitou Group inaugurates a 33,500 m² International Spare Parts Logistics Center. Today, 1,000,000 orders leave the logistic center each year (i.e. 4,000 per day)


2008 Purchase of Gehl


2013 Yanmar Becomes A Shareholder Of Manitou Group


2015 500,000th Machine sold.


2017 Manitou Group signs an agreement to take a majority stake in the Perth-based LiftRite Hire & Sales dealer and acquired Manitou Equipment India and expanded the range of backhoe loaders.