6 February 2023

Merlo Group’s 2022-2025 Industrial Plan is driven by sustainability

Merlo Group’s goal is to exceed 10,000 telehandlers per year and develop further machines in the Generation Zero range, featuring zero fuel consumption, zero noise and zero emissions  

San Defendente di Cervasca (Cuneo, Italy) | 21/10/22 – At the end of 2021, Merlo (a leading global equipment manufacturer specialising in the development and production of telescopic handlers, tracked carriers, and more) launched the eWorker, the first fully-electric telehandler produced by Merlo. The eWorker was designed with an aim of producing a machine with zero adverse environmental impact, while looking to improve manoeuvrability, comfort and usability.  

The eWorker is the result of Merlo’s industrial growth plan for the four-year period between 2018 and 2021, which was characterised by a series of key investments from the business, bringing the total number of employees to 1,568 in 2021 (+34% in five years) and the total number of machines sold in 2021 to 7,200 globally.  

Today, Merlo’s 2022-2025 industrial plan continues with the message of “innovation through tradition” which has characterised Merlo’s history. As Merlo pushes toward 2025, the Group’s new target is to increase production capacity to 10,000 telehandlers per year(plus 25,000 genuine Merlo attachments), to improve aftersales and care to customers, from aftersales investments to advanced telemetry, spare parts, and more.  

In order to achieve these ambitious goals, Merlo has planned significant investments to open new production lines, including one dedicated to the fully-electric eWorker. Investments will concern both personnel and infrastructure, which will lay the foundation for the development of other machines in the Merlo Generation Zero range, achieving zero fuel consumption, zero noise, and zero emissions. Merlo’s 2022-2025 Industrial Plan includes also the final transition to Stage V engines for the entire product range (Telehandlers, Cingo and TreEmme) across global markets. The assembly and cab manufacturing areas will be completely redesigned, along with the assembly and painting lines. Additionally, the cab welding area will be redeveloped to become fully automated. As Merlo pushes towards the latest redevelopment of this historic factory, or Factory 4.0, new developments will also drive forward internal logistics, with the goal of launching a bespoke management software, fully integrated with suppliers and distributors.  

New products and a redesign of the Merlo factory will go hand-in-hand with Merlo’s increased emphasis on sustainable production as part of the 2022-2025 plan. By the end of the year, Merlo Group will complete a three-year project, installing solar panels across the roofs of the three production facilities which make up the Merlo Factory (Merlo SpA, TECNO and TreEmme). These solar panels have already generated over 747kW of power. In the new production areas of the factory, insulation has been improved to minimise energy loss. Merlo’s reduced environmental impact is also being focussed on, with the introduction of more than 30 cardboard and plastic compactors, which, together with new policies on offcut and sheet metal recovery, will increase the recycling capacity of the Merlo Factory significantly. To reduce energy waste, lighting and heating automation is being rolled out across the new Merlo Factory buildings, with the aim of reducing out-of-hours usage. Finally, the Merlo Group is gradually revamping its production equipment, investing in more efficient solutions in terms of energy consumption, transport time, and labour requirements.  

New Merlo products will be showcased at upcoming international trade shows, Bauma in Munich (24-30 October), Sima in Paris (6-10 November), and Eima in Bologna (9-13 November).