About Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions. More than 50,000 units have been sold in over 85 countries since Combilift was established in 1998. 

The driving force behind Combilift’s operations is a desire to deliver innovation in the material handling arena. Responsiveness to the ever-changing needs of the customer permeates every area of the business.

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 has seen it continue to blaze a trail through the lifting and handling industry worldwide, cementing the company’s reputation as a global leader.

Combilift employs more than 600 people and occupies a brand new, purpose-built facility spanning 46,500 m² in Monaghan, Ireland.

At the Helm

Company founders Robert Moffett and Martin McVicar both have long and distinguished engineering pedigrees.  Previously, Robert was a driving force behind Moffett Engineering, a name synonymous with the ground-breaking success of the ‘Moffett Mounty’ truck mounted forklift.  Martin was a young prodigy who arrived at Moffett Engineering for a summer of work experience and went on to become the company’s chief engineer before he had even turned 20.

In 1998 these two passionate, experienced and driven engineers pooled their expertise and their shared vision to design the world’s first internal combustion engine powered, all wheel drive, multi-directional forklift – and the Combilift was born.

Under their astute guidance, Combilift has enjoyed unparalleled growth.  A debt-free company, it is a major local employer and offers the most extensive range of specialist multidirectional and customised handling solutions available from any one single manufacturer in the world. 

Never complacent, Martin and Robert remain as passionate about research and new product development as they were when Combilift first began 20 years ago.

Robert Moffett & Martin McVicar in the new Combilift Factory in Monaghan, Ireland

Latest News & Media

Saving time and improving efficiency

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Combilift forklifts have increased efficiency and improved processes for many Australian steel manufacturers. Watkins Steel operations manager Matt Hunter speaks with Manufacturers’ Monthly. Making the change from using traditional gantry forklift to Combilift has made life a lot easier for Watkins Steel operations manager Matt Hunter. The company is a Brisbane-based steel sub-contractor, specialising in structural…
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Combilift develops intermodal straddle carrier

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Combilift has developed an intermodal straddle carrier, aimed primarily for use at inland container terminals which typically handle lower volumes of containers compared to the main sea ports, but still need a machine capable of doing the same task. The Combi- IMSC Intermodal Straddle Carrier is designed to offer a cost-effective customisable solution for midsized…
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Combilift’s off road solution

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Swindon based South West Vauxhall Spares has increased the number of vehicles that can be stored at its premises from 40 to 144 since a new system based around racking and the capabilities of a Combilift C4000 4-way forklift has been in place. It is also now much quicker and easier to move individual cars…
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Combi-Ventilate

COMBi-Ventilate TURNING ONE VENTILATOR INTO Many VENTILATION STATIONS The Irish manufacturer Combilift, best known for its range of space-saving forklifts and other handling solutions, has drawn on its expertise in engineering and software design to develop the Combi-Ventilate, a splitter device which turns one ventilator into multiple ventilation stations to address the current Covid-19 emergency…
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Combilift Videos

Martin McVicar, CEO, Combilift talk about his company's Deloitte Best Managed Companies experience.

Co-founders Robert Moffett and Martin McVicar receive the @KPMG_Ireland @BandF Excelling Enterprise of The Year Award.

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