Forklift Manufacturer Combilift Opens New Manufacturing Facility

Combilift, the Irish manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and long-load material handling solutions opens its new purpose-built factor today, April 30th, 2018. The new 46,500 sq. mm / 500,000sq. ft factor celebrates 20 years in business and will coincide with the launch of a new product range.

“We’ve been in existence for twenty years and we’ve just out grown our two production plants,” Martin McVicar, Managing Director of Combilift, told the Business on Newstalk.

Since 1998 Combilift has been manufacturing customized products tailored to suit client requirements.The Combilift line of forklift products focus on material handling solutions for steel, timber, concrete, containers, metals, building supplies, warehousing and logistics, among others.

“The flexibility in our new facility means that Combilift can continue to accommodate any customer request for a customized material handling solution,” says McVicar “Customer requirements are our standard. The new factory enables us to double production and remain focused on the needs of our customers and dealers. We have become much more than a forklift manufacturer and are transforming the transport and logistics sector with our innovative, space-spacing products.”

The new 46,500 sq. m purpose–built factory is set on a 100-acre site with room for expansion. With 11 acres of roof space, it is one of the largest manufacturing operations under one single roof in the Republic of Ireland.

Incorporating the latest manufacturing processes with a focus on sustainability, the new factory will enable Combilift to double its output in a single shift across all production lines. Four 90 metre moving assembly lines produce a finished truck every 15 minutes.

30% of its roof space is covered in skylights enabling staff to work in natural daylight without the assistance of artificial lighting. Lighting is provided through 1100 LED light with individual PIR sensors.  Solar panels supply 185 kW of energy with a 1 MW Biomass plant fuelled by recycled wood (pallets etc) to heat the spraying boots and assembly area. 110,000 litres of rain water is harvested for use throughout the facility.

More than 50 truckloads of finished products are dispatched to 85 countries each week. Spare parts are also shipped across the world from Monaghan to the dealer network.


Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions. More than 38,000 units have been sold in over 85 countries since Combilift was established in 1998. Combilift continually invests 7% of all revenue in research and development as part of its relentless quest to find safer, more productive and more cost-effective ways to lift challenging loads in challenging environments.  The company’s commitment to new product development continues to blaze a trail through the lifting and handling industry worldwide, cementing the company’s reputation as a global leader. Combilift employs more than 550 people and occupies a brand new, multipurpose-built facility spanning 46,500 m² in Monaghan, Ireland. For more information, visit

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Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long-load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility, and Service is the ethos on which Combilift’s success is built and has seen us become the world’s fastest-growing forklift manufacturer, exporting to more than 85 countries and with more than 60,000 trucks in use worldwide. No other manufacturer in the world can deliver the same level of customization and adaptability, or cater so effectively to the diverse needs of every individual customer, whether their enterprise is large or small.