A global & family group ...

Since the invention of the first rough-terrain forklift, the pursuit of innovation has always been the foundation of the great successes of Manitou Group.


Marcel Braud - MC5

In 1958, Marcel Braud dreamt up the idea of a novel machine. "Why not reverse the design of a farm tractor and add a lift mast and hydraulic steering to it?" The first rough-terrain forklift was born. It would drive the success of the company and lead to its global reach.

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, Foounder of Manitou