The Manitou group, manufacturers of rough-terrain handling equipment, has started construction of a new factory dedicated to aerial work platforms. The site is located in the Zone du Petit Tesseau in Candé (Maine-et-Loire), in France.
With a surface area of 861,000 sq. ft. (80,000 sq m) and 193, 750 sq. ft. (18,000 m2) of industrial constructions, the €26 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 until the first quarter of 2021.
Manitou said the new industrial facility will allow the group to respond to structural market growth in Europe and beyond, particularly in the United States, where the Group began distributing its products at the end of 2018.
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.”