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Summer 2014

Manitou Celebrates 40 years in Australia

It has been 40 years since the first Manitou rough terrain forklift hit the ground in Australia. At this time, the Manitou MB20C rough terrain forklift, manufactured in France in the early 70’s was leading the way of rough terrain material handling in Australia and it made the Manitou brand renown worldwide. The Manitou machines have passed through the ages known for their performance and durability, and the proof: there are still some to be found today operating in Australia, 40 years after being imported.

40 years of distribution and service through the Manitou dealer network

Manitou has progressively built its leadership in rough terrain handling through an important network of historical importers and distributors, all over Australia which includes Vanderfield and have increasingly developed their presence and service network within the country. In 2006 the subsidiary Manitou Australia was created in Sydney to bring more support to their growing distributor network and offer material handling support to new areas in Oceania. Today Manitou products are distributed and serviced by more than 40 regional dealers.

Manitou offers a unique comprehensive range of products to cover all material handling needs for farmers. It all started with the rough terrain and semi-industrial forklifts, followed by the telescopic handler: a very versatile machine than can be easily fitted with forks, bucket, bale handler etc …… and tow a trailer. Later Manitou integrated a full range of rough terrain and industrial Access Platforms and in 2008 it integrated a line of compact equipment from a sister company: Gehl, a US brand that manufacturers Skid Steer, Track Loaders and Compact Articulated Loaders. A new outstanding Telehandler - the MLT840 was launched in 2013 and was awarded Telehandler of the Year by PowerFarming for its outstanding performance, comfort and fuel efficiency. More information on Manitou fuel efficiency among its competitive machines can be found at http://reduce.manitou.com

The MLT840 is now also used in the V8 Supercars Championship as the Official Lifting and Recovery Vehicle.

The Manitou Group will be releasing important breakthroughs in the material handling sector this year: one of them is announced as the biggest telehandler ever made in the world. Coincidence or not, this super-sized telehandler is said to be a 40 tons capacity machine which is a nice way for Manitou to celebrate and play with the number 40 this year 2014.

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