The Manitou group, world leader in all-terrain material handling, hosts around 80 representatives of international armed forces and the GICAT during the two-day event. Organised by the Ancenis-based group and several regional partners, the “Defence Days” aim at fostering dialogue between the key players of the world’s defence industry and their suppliers.

During this 1st edition, approximately 80 participants took up the invitation from the Manitou group and its partners. Among them were several representatives of international armed forces and members of the GICAT (Groupement des Industries Françaises de Défense et de Sécurité Terrestres et Aéroterrestres). Over these two days, the visitors assessed Manitou Group production tools as well as its worldwide logistics centre for spare parts. They were also able to have a look at all the specificities of Manitou products, cabin equipment and floorings for armoured vehicles during a machine exhibition. According to the group, these machines are specifically designed to be air-portable and efficient on rough ground. Each model offers a lifting capacity of between 2.5 and 23 tons and a boom height of between 6 and 10 metres. These products have a dedicated range of accessories, simplifying various logistical support applications such as humanitarian aid and the construction of camps and military bases.

Jérôme Lecardonnel, Vice-President Global Key Accounts at Manitou, states: “We are proud to host this first edition of the “Defence Days” at our headquarters in Ancenis. I would also like to thank all our partners: the carrier Scania, Kohler SDMO which specialises in electric generators, the industrial armoured vehicle manufacturer Essonne Sécurité, and Sides, a company specialising in the construction of emergency and civil protection vehicles”.

Thanks to the “Defence Days”, the Manitou group and its partners were able to gather qualitative feedback from their field users and to introduce the latest innovations during exchanges with Manitou R&D teams. The group currently works with about 15 armed forces throughout the world.

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