Manitou Builds New Platform Factory

Manitou Builds New Platform Factory

Sep. 26, 2019 ― The Manitou group has started construction on a new factory dedicated to aerial work platforms, which will allow the group to respond to structural market growth in Europe and the United States, where the group began distributing its products at the end of 2018.

The factory fits in with a global investment plan and confirms the group's ambitions in these markets. Work on the site, which is located in the Zone du Petit Tesseau in Candé (Maine-et-Loire) in France, has begun just 3 km (1.86 miles) from the first platform factory. The manufacturer, based in Ancenis in western France, is already represented by five production sites in the Grand-Ouest.

Michel Denis, group president and CEO, and Jacqueline Himsworth, chair of the board of directors, laid the first stone in the presence of a number of elected representatives.

Sylvain André, director of the current Candé site and future director of the new site, says: “The aerial work platform market constitutes a significant lever for growth for the group, and is appealing to more and more rental companies, which account for the majority of our customers in this market. This will equip us with a modern factory dedicated to rough-terrain platforms, while the existing site will focus on industrial platforms. We therefore keep our expertise in the same region.”

With a surface area of 80,000 m² (861,112 sq. ft.) and 18,000 m² (193,750 sq. ft.) of industrial constructions, this $28 million investment is part of a global plan to develop and modernize the industrial facilities on all of the French and Italian production sites. The work, executed in partnership with the Legendre Group, is due to be completed the first quarter of 2021.

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