Through the years: Manitowoc at bauma

Manitowoc, Grove, and Potain are familiar names to visitors to bauma, held every three years in Munich, Germany. While the Company’s technologies have advanced over the years, its enthusiasm for the show continues. Here we take a look back at the Company’s presence over the past two decades – although its participation record stretches back even further!



bauma 2004 – First joint appearance for Manitowoc, Potain, and Grove


The bauma 2004 was the first time that Manitowoc exhibited three of the brands that are synonymous with the Company – Manitowoc, Potain, and Grove. Bringing them together in Munich, showcased the strength and breadth of the Company’s complete lifting solutions. Manitowoc featured 18 all-terrain, rough-terrain, crawler, and tower cranes on its booth, with 11 of them marking their global launch at the show. Most notably, Manitowoc introduced its flagship self-erecting tower crane, the 4 t capacity Potain Igo 50.


The Manitowoc booth at bauma 2004.
The Manitowoc booth at bauma 2004.

bauma 2007 – Innovative product development in focus and first video streams


Innovation in product development took center stage for Manitowoc at bauma 2007. Across the Manitowoc, Potain, and Grove brands, visitors discovered the ground-breaking new features that would help them work quicker, smarter, and more profitably. These included compact designs for optimized transport and site access, simplified erection and dismantling, easy access to replacement parts, user-friendly operator and control systems, and ergonomic cabs.


Manitowoc also took an innovative approach to engaging customers unable to attend in person with daily video streams, including profiles of machinery on the booth, interviews with staff and other customers, and a first look at the new products unveiled during the show.


Video streams from OEMs at tradeshows are now commonplace but in 2007 Manitowoc was an early innovator.
Video streams from OEMs at tradeshows are now commonplace but in 2007 Manitowoc was an early innovator.

bauma 2010 – Expanded finance offer and three new industry giants


In the wake of the global financial crisis, Manitowoc used bauma 2010 to highlight the ways its new cranes would help customers save money while showcasing its expanded finance operations to support customers during tough market conditions.


In addition, bauma 2010 saw Manitowoc launch some of its largest and strongest cranes – the 300 t capacity Grove GMK6300L all-terrain crane, which had the longest main boom in its class (80 m); the 400 t capacity Grove GMK6400 all-terrain crane, which was the strongest six-axle crane on the market; and the world’s largest self-erecting crane, the 8 t capacity Potain Igo T 130.


The Potain Ultra View cab unveiled at Bauma 2010 was an industry game-changer in terms of comfort and visibility.
The Potain Ultra View cab unveiled at bauma 2010 was an industry game-changer in terms of comfort and visibility.

The ever-popular HPL Technology™ winch – the first in the industry to break the 200 m/min barrier – and the Potain Ultra View cab also made their debut at bauma 2010.


bauma 2013 – Operator-centric launches from Manitowoc, Grove, and Potain


Manitowoc returned to bauma 2013 with a fleet of new crane models for display. One of the new models on show was the MLC165, a 165 t (180 USt) capacity Manitowoc crawler crane. The mobile and easy-to-assemble crane replaced two cranes in the range, the Manitowoc 777 and Manitowoc 555.


Visitors admire the Manitowoc MLC165 launched at Bauma 2013.
Visitors admire the Manitowoc MLC165 launched at bauma 2013.

Potain introduced the MD610 tower crane that is designed for maximum lifting capacity and durability. Its design uses the same assembly method as other tie-bar Potain cranes, making transportation and assembly simple. Grove also introduced a series of new crane models, including the GMK6400 all-terrain crane, the GMK3060 all-terrain crane, the RT550E rough-terrain crane and the RT770E rough-terrain crane.


bauma 2016 – First major tradeshow as a standalone company and several new ranges


Manitowoc returned to bauma 2016 bigger and better than ever before as it entered a new chapter in its history after the separation of Manitowoc Cranes and Manitowoc Foodservice from The Manitowoc Company. Manitowoc used the show to communicate its new focus solely on the crane business.


Overview of the Manitowoc booth at Bauma 2016, featuring the first machines in several new product
Overview of the Manitowoc booth at bauma 2016, featuring the first machines in several new product

In addition, Manitowoc launched the first machines of several new ranges, including the Potain Hup range of self-erecting cranes and the Potain MDT CCS (Crane Control System) range of topless tower cranes.


bauma 2016 also saw the introduction of the first Grove rough-terrain cranes with the GRT naming format. These were among the first new designs to pass through the pioneering Product Verification Center (PVC) at the factory in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania, U.S., which ensures unrivaled levels of component testing and, therefore, higher quality, more reliable, and more productive cranes.


Overview of the Manitowoc booth at Bauma 2016, featuring the first machines in several new product lines.
Overview of the Manitowoc booth at Bauma 2016, featuring the first machines in several new product lines.

bauma 2019 – New technologies revolutionizing the lifting industry


Manitowoc brought several unique innovations to bauma 2019, developed to match customer needs and launched to market in shorter timeframes. Manitowoc’s largest topless crane, the huge Potain MDT 809, which towered over the booth, is a perfect example. This crane responded to customers’ calls to lift increasingly heavy loads on more tightly congested jobsites. The result is a crane that can be assembled almost twice as fast as rival cranes with a similar capacity.


Another great innovation brought to bauma 2019 was the Potain MRH 125, which was the first crane from the Company’s European factories to combine luffing jib and topless capacities. The MRH 125 uses hydraulic power to deliver a quick and reliable luffing motion, while the adaptable design, and optimized transport and assembly times, enable low transport costs.


The Bauma 2019 showground dominated by Manitowoc’s latest crane innovations.
The bauma 2019 showground dominated by Manitowoc’s latest crane innovations.

bauma 2022 – Total lifting solutions


At bauma 2022, to be held October 24-30, Manitowoc is gearing up for a major display of its latest cranes, technologies, and services. Alongside a dozen cranes from Grove and Potain, the Company will showcase its expanded range of support solutions, covering monitoring, parts, service, rental, remanufacturing, finance, and more. A particular highlight will be GROVE and POTAIN CONNECT, Manitowoc’s new advanced telematics platform to be unveiled at the show.


The team can’t wait to welcome guests to the booth, chat about business, and demonstrate how well Manitowoc is positioned to provide the high-quality, reliable lifting solutions that global investments in infrastructure, alternative energy, and other industries demand. bauma 2022 is set to be another exciting event, worthy of a place in Manitowoc history.


Discover more of what is in store from Manitowoc at bauma 2022 and join the team at booth FS 1202.