Sonalika aims to roll out 2 lakh units of tractors per annum from its new facility; production to commence early next month
World’s third largest tractor manufacturer Sonalika has set up world’s largest manufacturing plant in Punjab, which will start production from early next month and roll out a total of 3 lakh units of tractors per annum. The new facility has been built within the existing plant. The new facility is capable of producing 2 lakh units per year adding to the existing one lakh unit capability of the company.
Owned by International Tractor Limited, Sonalika is hiring 1,500 workers that will take the company’s total workforce to 5,500 as it already has 4,000 workers at present. The tractor manufacturer is aiming to spread its business globally and India is about to become its global production base with the new facility ready to roll out tractors from May 2017.
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The second largest tractor manufacturing plant in the world is Mahindra Tractor’s Zaheerabad facility in Andhra Pradesh which is capable of producing 1.50 lakh tractors annually. At the third position is Chinese company YTO Tractors, which is capable of manufacturing 80,000 units per annum.
To hire the new 1,500 workers for its new plant, Sonalika has already tied up with Industrial Training Institute. In general the company recruits around 300 new workers every year on different levels and the new 1,500 workers will act as both replacement and new addition to the company. Also, the company is aiming in hiring 80% of its workforce from within 100 km radius of the plant.
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The new facility will be producing different range of tractors ranging between 20 hp to 120 hp and it will be capable of rolling out one tractor in every 2 minutes. Sonalika also plans to add new range of tractors with higher power output of 200 hp. The company also ensures that the new plant will produce tractors for domestic market, while the one lakh units manufactured at the existing plant will be shipped to overseas markets.