Founded in 2007, Brazilian company Solinftec is set to produce its Solix agricultural robots in the US state of Indiana. The global leader in artificial intelligence and robotics for agribusiness has partnered with Still Waters Manufacturing and WHIN – a non-profit organisation devoted to making the 10-county Wabash Heartland region of north-central Indiana the global epicentre of digital agriculture and next-generation manufacturing empowered by smart IoT technology.
Solinftec has over 800 employees globally, with 330 dedicated to R&D, and has units in the United States, Colombia, Canada, and China. The new US factory will employ a local manufacturing team and produce up to 20 Solix robots per day. The use of Solinftec solutions has already led to a reduction of up to 97% in herbicide volume on properties using the Solix robot in the United States
“This partnership represents a significant milestone for the US agricultural industry, and it’s gratifying to see two companies from our network bringing innovation to our region. Collaboration among all parties was crucial to the success of this project,” says Johnny Park, CEO of WHIN.
“This will be the first agricultural robotics factory in the American Midwest,” said Jake Church, CEO of Still Waters Manufacturing. “There’s something truly special about building these robots in rural Indiana. They will come out of what used to be a school, where many farmers and livestock producers in this area received their primary education. This venture is an opportunity to ‘rewrite’ history. A dear friend of mine often says, ‘If you want to know the future, go build it,‘”
Still Waters Manufacturing received an initial investment of over US$2 million from Solinftec for the next two harvests, ensuring continued annual growth.