Manitou has a well established reputation for rough terrain handling machinery to conquer difficult ground conditions which conventional forklifts cannot. In 2011, Manitou is celebrating 10,000 worldwide sales of the MSI (Manitou Semi-Industrial) range of semi-industrial forklifts. The concept is based on large front wheels combined with good ground clearance to enable the machine to operate on uneven terrain. Whether the load is brick packs, blocks, timber or roof tiles the MSI forklift is an exceptionally agile performer. The hydrostatic transmission offers smooth and efficient handling and the dynamic double braking system provides braking by deceleration of the hydrostatic transmission.
Load capacities from 2000kg to 3500kg for the compact MSI models with the “Buggie” version offering a low headroom model of 1m99. The overall width of 1m32 and overall length of up to 4ml3 ensure the forklift can work in the most restricted areas. A wide selection of masts is available with lift heights from 3 metre to 6 metre.
The MSI20 – 35 series are powered by a Kubota 4 cylinder Turbo engine.
Also available are the MH20-25 – 4T models which are 4 wheel drive equivalent models for extra traction effort on softer ground and the heavy lift MSI40 and 50 trucks for even greater handling performance.
Manitou, the Material-Handling Reference, is headquartered in Ancenis (West of France). Manitou designs, assembles and distributes material-handling solutions for agriculture, construction and industry markets. Manitou reported in 2010 revenue of €838 millions, of which two thirds outside France. Business is conducted under the Manitou®, Gehl®, Mustang®, Loc® et Edge® trademarks, through 1,400 independent dealers in more than 120 countries. As of December 31, 2010, Manitou employed 2,800 people of which 40% outside France.