A new partnership sees Thurlow Nunn Standen become a dealer for Manitou UK – the specialist manufacturer of material handling equipment.
Effective from 1 January, TNS has access to the full range of Manitou’s agricultural and industrial products and services across its entire trading area. The UK is one of Manitou’s largest export markets, with about 4,000 machines sold annually.
TNS will cover a slightly smaller geographical area for the Manitou construction product range and will be responsible for sales of new machines while providing aftersales back up to existing customers.
Manitou’s current product range includes agricultural and construction telehandlers, rotating telehandlers, rough terrain forklifts, industrial forklifts, access platforms, warehouse equipment and attachments.
Most machines include telematics as standard. This ensures the dealer can remotely access service information to minimise callouts. When a repair is necessary, the engineer attends the machine with advance knowledge of the necessary rectification.
Manitou UK managing director Mark Ormond said: “Manitou strives to produce market leading machines and support them with market leading customer service. That means partnering with the world’s leading machinery dealers.
“We are delighted to announce that TNS is our authorised agricultural and construction product dealer in East Anglia. Having worked with TNS before, I have no doubt about the standard of service they will deliver to our mutual customers.”
The inclusion of Manitou in the TNS product portfolio clearly aligns with the business’s growth strategy in the ever-changing retail environment, explained TNS managing director James Thurlow.
“The addition of the Manitou brand is one we are clearly excited about. It demonstrates the company’s desire to offer a full line product portfolio, which is strategically aligned to our customers developing business needs.”
All five TNS sites will promote Manitou’s full range of agricultural material handlers. Staff training programmes have been put in place for employees across sales, service and parts departments, ensuring expertise in machines and spare parts.
TNS aftersales director Adrian Brown said: “TNS will also continue to offer full service and parts support to those Merlo customers we have support over the past few years until Merlo UK find a suitable partner in the east of England.”