PALFINGER: Strategic Partnership with Steyr Automotive Secures Growth Targets


To meet the high demand for PALFINGER truck-mounted forklifts in North America, Steyr Automotive is handling the assembly work. This partnership secures production for the growing North American market.



Starting September 2023, Steyr Automotive will assemble PALFINGER truck-mounted forklifts (TMF) exclusively for the North American market. And with good reason, because North America is PALFINGER’s strongest growth market. In 2022 alone, the region contributed 23 percent of the record revenue of EUR 2.2 billion. This result confirms the company's focus on the USA, Canada, and Mexico. This is further strengthened by PALFINGER’s new regional headquarters including a demonstration and training center which opened in the first half of 2023 in Schaumburg, IL. The technology company is therefore expanding its existing presence with its production plants and large network of service partners in the long term. “The North American economy is recovering quickly,” reports Andreas Klauser, CEO PALFINGER AG. A sign of this success is the incredible customer demand for the newly launched range of truck-mounted forklifts. The cooperation with Steyr Automotive ensures steady supplies to North America: “This strategic partnership is a milestone in our over 90-year company history,” says Andreas Klauser. “It complements our production network, meets our high standards of quality and technological know-how, and it strengthens Austria as an industrial location.”



Mounted at the rear of a truck, PALFINGER truck-mounted forklifts are characterized by their extremely easy transport and independent unloading. They deliver top performance in the areas of safety, unsurpassed operator comfort, durability, ease of use, and maneuverability. Truck-mounted forklifts are in high demand both in Europe and in the North American growth market. In the USA, Canada and Mexico alone, PALFINGER will be able to supply around 1,700+ truck-mounted forklifts per year by 2027. The FHS series was developed specifically for the North American market and features new functions, innovations, and patents. It is not only causing a revolution in the area of truck-mounted forklifts, but is also generating a strong demand. However, this means that existing production capacities are reaching their limits. In order to be able to meet demand on time and without affecting other product lines, PALFINGER has contacted a number of potential manufacturing partners. Steyr Automotive (Austria) were impressive in terms of quality, know-how, costs, short start-up time and the opportunity to further increase the number of units produced annually.

"We are incredibly excited about the strategic partnership with Steyr Automotive. This will increase our production capacity and help us meet the growing demand for our new FHS Series of truck-mounted forklifts. We're committed to maintaining the high performance our customers count on,” shares Ismael Daneluz, PALFINGER Vice President of Sales & Service North and Latin America.



“This partnership is not only a further step in the utilization of our plant for around 60 jobs, it also has the potential to be further strengthened and expanded,” says Johann Ecker, spokesperson for the management of Steyr Automotive. “We are very much looking forward to working together.” Starting September 2023, Steyr Automotive will assemble all TMFs for the American market and relieve the load on PALFINGER's assembly site in Köstendorf (Austria). The advantage of the American series is that it can be quickly established in the environment offered by Steyr Automotive to ensure PALFINGER premium quality. 

Steyr Automotive

Blossoming Partnership


The decisive factor for choosing Steyr Automotive as a manufacturing partner is that the employees at the site have knowledge and skills built up over decades in technology, industrial assembly, and cooperation. These criteria mean that Steyr Automotive ideally meets the requirements of the GPO (GLOBAL PALFINGER ORGANIZATION). PALFINGER benefits from this cooperation in the area of self-propelled machines due to additional know-how from Steyr Automotive and ensures its sustainable and successful growth as a leading provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions.




PALFINGER is an international technology and mechanical engineering company and the world's leading producer and provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions. With over 12,700 employees (without contingent workers), 30 manufacturing sites and a worldwide sales and service network of around 5,000 service points, PALFINGER creates added value from the challenges of its customers. In 2023, PALFINGER achieved a record revenue of EUR 2.45 billion.

Since 1989, PALFINGER serves its customers in North America with a comprehensive product portfolio perfectly measured to the region’s needs and standards. With a broad sales and service network, a mobile service fleet of over 100 vehicles, four manufacturing and assembly sites, and 15 locations that offer custom-built solutions, PALFINGER guarantees its customers the best support close at hand in the region. With its new headquarters in Schaumburg, IL, PALFINGER is underlining its aim of becoming North America's leading supplier in all product lines by 2027.



For further information, please contact:

Lulette Gehron
Manager, Marketing Communications & PR

PALFINGER North America Region
M +224 363 4568 |