Following the EIMA 2022 launch of the S90, Indian manufacturer International Tractors India (ITL) used Agritechnica to preview the Solis 110hp S110.
The four-cylinder Solis motor in the new range topper is mated to a 24fx12r powershuttle. Airco is standard (also on the S90) and rear lift capacity is 4.5t.
The German show provided an ideal opportunity to chat with general marketing manager Lakhbir Singh about the firm’s European business. 116,000 of the 151,000 Solis tractors made in 2022 were for the domestic market. The other 35,000 were exported with around 15,000 of these heading to Europe. The number one market is Germany which took 2,000 tractors.
A similar number were shifted in France, while the UK, where Solis has 25 dealers, plus, six or so in Ireland, was good for 1,000 units. “We expect to sell good numbers of the S90 and S110 in the UK and Ireland,” commented Mr Singh.
Looking ahead, he said that the plan is to boost exports to 100,000 tractors a year by 2030, of which 40,000 will end up in Europe. “We are currently building a new plant in India to make tractors for export.”
We asked Mr Singh why European farmers should buy a Solis 90 or 110hp tractor when there are so many well-known brands available? “We make simple, solid and reliable tractors that are around 20% more affordable than equivalent 90 or 110hp tractors from the mainstream players.”
The most powerful tractor Solis currently makes in India is the Stage III compliant 125hp S125, and Mr Singh hinted that a Stage V version of this tractor could come in the future. “Longer term we would like to add a 180hp Stage V tractor to the European range,” he commented, “although this will not be for five to seven years.
Returning to the S series, he stressed that the company is not afraid of developing the new technology required for tractors for the European market but wants to come with things that make a difference. “Autosteer is ready for the new S series tractors, and a powershift and CVT are in development. We hope to show one or both transmissions at the next Agritechnica in 2025. Also, we could see four-wheel steer on a larger Solis tractor in the future.” Back to the present and the first deliveries of the new S110 are expected to touchdown in Europe within six months.