About us

CESAB Material Handling Europe was founded in 1942 in Bologna, Italy and our customers have been at the heart of our business ever since then. With its corporate head office and sales support in Bologna and marketing support in Brussels, CESAB has a wide network of 120 independent dealers across Europe to make sure you have excellent service and support whenever you need it.

Andrea Stach Sales and Services Director Europe“By partnering with Cesab, our customers have the perfect combination of high-quality products from a world-class manufacturer and the flexibility of personal service from a local dealer.”
– Andrea Stach, Sales and Services Director Europe

Our customers receive the highest quality of support from CESAB and our network of dealers with the following services:

  • Consultations during the forklift selection process
  • Operator instruction
  • Safety inspection
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Genuine spare parts sourcing
  • ASEC (After Sales Evaluation & Certification)
  • Repairs

Our forklifts are designed, manufactured and tested in Europe in our factories in France, Italy, and Sweden using the best manufacturing processes in the world.

  • Highest quality
  • Increased flexibility
  • Shorter delivery lead times
  • Reduced environmental impact

Cesab Material Handling Europe Bologna Office – Sales

Via Persicetana Vecchia 10
40132 Bologna

Tel: +39 051 205 411

Fax: +39 051 727 574


Contact us

Cesab Material Handling Europe Brussels Office – Marketing

Schoondonkweg 1
2830 Willebroek

Tel: +32 (0)2 790 30 32


History of CESAB


CESAB founded in Bologna, Italy.
First CESAB logo introduced.
CESAB acquired by the Maccaferri family.

CESAB is an acronym for "Carrellificio Emiliano S.p.A. Bologna", which actually means "Emilian forklift company in Bologna". [Emilia Romagna is an Italian region, whose capital city is Bologna]



CESAB commences business activities with products for railways and materials handling sectors.



First CESAB electric forklift produced.


First Italian CESAB dealer appointed 'Marabini F.lli' in Bergamo.

In 1953 Mario Marabini secured the first authorised dealer agreement with CESAB of Bologna. Today brothers Nerio and Maurizio Marabini still manage the CESAB dealership and have seen the company grow strongly over the last 60 years. With more than 40 employees based at the 3000 square metre Orio al Serio, Bergamo site, Marabini are now certified I SO 9001 and operate with a loyal customer base.


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First CESAB diesel forklift produced.


Joris Van Dijck

First CESAB dealer appointed outside Italy, Joris Van Dijck in Belgium.

Joris Van Dijck

In 1958 Joris Van Dijck started as the CESAB dealer for Belgium and Luxemburg, based in Morkhoven a suburb from Herentals in the Antwerp region.

In 1995 they established their new offices in ‘Herentals-Klein Gent’ an area of 6,000 square meters and next to one of the main highways in Belgium. Chris Van Dijck is still very active in the CESAB dealership which is now an innovative, modern company.



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CESAB logo updated
First CESAB high level order picker produced
First CESAB towing tractor produced


CESAB already focused on after-sales with dealer service training.


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Introduction of centaur as CESAB logo.
First CESAB rough terrain forklift produced.
Introduction of electronic control
for CESAB electric forklifts.
CESAB corporate colour changes
from orange to yellow.


First CESAB reach truck produced.



One of the first exhibitions with CESAB showing full range helps increase brand awareness in Italian market.



CESAB commences focus on the European market. CESAB GmbH founded in Germany.

CESAB Material Handling GmbH was formed in 1982 and is now part of the CESAB Material Handling Europe organisation.With its head office in Eberstadt and an extensive dealer network, CESAB Material Handling GmbH distributes its expanding product range to customers within Germany. This helps customers to have the best of both worlds; high quality products backed by strong local support and rapid response times.


First CESAB electric high capacity ECO-P 85 produced.


First CESAB warehouse truck range produced.


GalleryCESAB Ltd founded in UK.

Focus on the European market continues with the foundation of CESAB Ltd in the UK.

CESAB Material Handling UK* was formed in 1992 and is now part of CESAB Material Handling Europe organisation. With its head office in Wellingborough and an extensive dealer network, CESAB Material Handling UK distributes its expanding product range to customers within the U.K. This helps customers to have the best of both worlds; high quality products backed by strong local support and rapid response times. 

* Trading name of CESAB UK Ltd 



CESAB logo renewed.

Pininfarina designs CESAB trucks creating the legendary Blitz range.

Pininfarina S.p.A. is a leading Italian design house based in Cambiano, Italy. Founded in 1930 by automobile designer and builder Battista "Pinin" Farina, Pininfarina has been employed by a wide variety of high-end automobile manufacturers. It also has designed trams in France and Greece, high-speed trains in Holland, and trolleys in the USA and since the 1980s Pininfarina has been consulted on industrial design projects with clients including CESAB for the Blitz range of forklifts.



CESAB green introduced as corporate colour.


Foundation of "BTCESAB S.c.a.r.l." a joint venture with BT Italia.

CESAB products recognised with Compasso D'Oro awards for the Blitz and Drago models.

Compasso d'Oro is an industrial design award which originated in Italy in 1954 by the La Rinascente company from an original idea of Gio Ponti and Alberto Rosselli. From 1964 it has been presented exclusively by Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI). The Compasso d'Oro prize acknowledges and promotes quality in the field of industrial design originating in Italy.





1997 foundation of a French distributor.

CESAB Material Handling France was formed in 1997 and is now part of CESAB Material Handling Europe organisation.With its head office in Paris and an extensive dealer network, CESAB Material Handling France distributes its expanding product range to customers within France. This helps customers to have the best of both worlds; high quality products backed by strong local support and rapid response times.



CESAB joins the Toyota Industries Group

Toyota Industries Corporation was founded in 1926 by Sakichi Toyoda to manufacture and sell the automatic looms which he had invented and perfected. Since that time Toyota Industries has promoted diversification and expanded the scope of its business domains to include textile machinery, automobiles, materials handling equipment, electronics, and logistics solutions.


iF Design award 2000 presented for Drago 250 range

The iF product design award is one of the world’s most important product design awards. Award winning entries are allowed to carry the iF logo, a label that signifies outstanding product design.



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TPS (Toyota Production System) implemented at the CESAB factory


Acquisition of LTE

Part of the CESAB group, LTE is the European Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) that specialises in the design and production of CESAB forklift masts.

Since the acquisition LTE has invested heavily in new technologies and processes. The investment has included an internal material flow redesign to create a new more efficient layout and support the implementation of Just In Time and Kanban techniques. It has also enabled a new oxi-cut material warehouse to feed the four robot welding lines and a new assembly line able to reach a production capacity in excess of 15,000 masts per year in one shift.



Decision made to place greater focus on European market. CESAB Material Handling Europe established.

CESAB Material Handling Europe was formed in 2009 and is part of the Toyota Material Handling Group. With its corporate head office in Brussels and sales support in Bologna, CESAB Material Handling Europe distributes its expanding product range to customers in 23 countries through a network of exclusive independent dealers. This helps customers to have the best of both worlds; high quality products backed by strong local support and rapid response times. 




Launch of new CESAB M300 torque converter IC range

The CESAB M300 range has been built to deal with the rigours and knocks of everyday working life. Strong, tough and reliable with capacities from 1.5 to 3.5 tonnes. Every CESAB M300 has been manufactured using TPS (Toyota Production System) widely acknowledged as one of the most successful manufacturing systems in the world.


Launch of CESAB warehouse range


Launch of the new CESAB Range at CeMAT, Hannover.


A new range of powerful and efficient material handling equipment was launched by CESAB at CEMAT, Hannover. Ergonomically designed reach trucks, cold store cabins and heavy duty powered stacker and pallet trucks are just some of the new models CESAB brought to the European market in 2011.


Launch of new CESAB 48V electric forklift range


From design and manufacture to excellent serviceability, ergonomics and visibility, the CESAB 48 volt B300 and B400 ranges reflect the strengths and experience of both CESAB design and engineering and TPS (Toyota Production System) used in manufacturing. 



CESAB 70th Anniversary.


Launch of the powerful 80 volt CESAB B600 range


Aligning with CESAB’s B-series family of electric counterbalanced forklifts, the B600 features CESAB’s Intelligent Mast Design technology (IMD) with the latest advances in productivity and safety features.

The 4-wheel AC electric forklift B600 range has been designed to achieve the highest levels of workplace productivity, with nine models offering load capacity from the 2 tonnes of the new compact B620 model to the high capacity 5.0 tonne B650.



Launch of the new CESAB R100 reach truck range.


Form follows function - the CESAB R100 is a practical easy to operate truck which is designed to deliver high manoeuvrability, reliability and safety to reach truck operations through a series of innovative and ergonomic features. Three practical, easy to operate models include offering load capability of up to 1600 kg and lift heights of up to 8500 mm.



Focus on the European market continues with the foundation of Spanish distributor.

CESAB Material Handling Europe organisation opened an office in Barcelona with the objective of developing and supporting an extensive dealer network.



New Powered Pallet Truck CESAB P113

cesab powered pallet truck p113

The P113 is the economic solution for pallet handling in lorries, on production lines, in storage facilities, and in retail outlets. The perfect replacement for a hand pallet truck: Compact and easy to use!



New Powered Stacker CESAB S110/110S

powered stacker truck cesab s110

Handling pallets, order picking, adjustable working table, the compact CESAB S110 can master three jobs! The centred mono mast offers perfect visibility under all circumstances.