Manitou invests in new mechanical welding workshop

MANITOU Group has announced the extension of its production site dedicated to rough-terrain aerial work platforms in Candé, France.

One year after the inauguration of this second platform plant, the investment of nearly 60 million euros has been tipped to enable the manufacturer to increase production capacity by integrating mechanical welding upstream of assembly.

Manitou Group revealed it is equipping itself with important resources to support the growth of its aerial work platform business over the coming years. The aim is to increase production capacity while absorbing peaks in activity.

Sylvain Jaguelin, VP product unit aerial work platform, said, “We will continue to work with our approved suppliers for mechanically-welded components. Bringing this activity in-house will enable us to reduce the tensions that our supply chain can encounter during surges in activity, which are more and more frequent in a very dynamic platform market.”

Located in the ‘Petit Tesseau’ industrial zone in Candé, Manitou added that the extension will be built in close proximity from the rough terrain platforms assembly plant, and will benefit from 6,000 m² of solar panels.

The group plans to recruit around 100 people once the mechanical welding business has stabilised.

Work on this investment will be spread over the period 2024-2025, with commissioning scheduled for early 2026.