SOLO NZ Ltd

Solo GmbH is one of the world's top suppliers of innovative, quality outdoor equipment and parts for both home users and professionals worldwide, making gardening easier, quicker and cleaner. Solo NZ range includes Sprayers / Pesticide Applicators. Chainsaws. Trimmers, Multi Systems & Brushcutters. Ride on Mowers. Post Hole borers. Petrol drills. Blowers & Blower/Vac. Fertiliser / seed Spreaders. Lawnmowers. Scarifiers, Sickle Bar Mowers & Cultivators. Petrol winches. Accessories. Oils & cleaners. Solo NZ welcomes all enquiries regarding its horticulture equipment and services.

Company details

Cnr Duke St and Kells Place, Frankton , Hamilton , Waikato 3242, NZ New Zealand

Locations Served

Business Type:
Distributor
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Forestry
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

1948

The Emmerich brothers, Hans and Heinz, initiate the development of small two-stroke engines which were not available up to that time. The 'lightest' industrial engine at that time weighed as much as 16 kg!

On 20th June, 1948, the first KMS 30 (KMS = KleinMotoren Stuttgart) engine roared into life. That engine had the low weight of 6.5 kg and produced 1.2 HP. It was intended as the power plant for portable machines.

1949 

Prototypes of the first rotary lawnmower, water pumps and a double piston pump for plant protection purposes in vineyards were shown at the DLG Exhibition in Hanover.

A radical, new motor scooter with full body and new 60cc engine was personally introduced to Prof. Heinkel, of Heinkel AG. This scooter formed the basis for Heinkel's later production models.

1950

Development of the first powered backpack dusting machine; now exhibited in the German Museum in Munich. Simultaneously, preparations were made for the large scale production of the KMS 30 and KMS 60 engines.

1951

Development of the world´s first powered backpack, fogging machine (also exhibited in the German Museum) The first 100 units achieve the breakthrough for this revolutionary method of plant protection. Instead of using stationary engine-driven pumps with long spray hoses and lots of manpower, the new machines were operated 'solo', by one person - the birth of our future trade mark name.

1953

The decision was made to be independent in production and manufacturing. After a search for a suitable location, the first two factory buildings plus office and showroom were built in Maichingen, just outside Stuttgart.

1954

The good reputation of the new fogging machines spreads worldwide. More than 5000 units were manufactured and more than half were exported.

1958

The payroll now exceeds 100 and the search is on for a suitable product to maintain employment during the winter period.

The result is Europe's first direct-drive chainsaw - the SOLO REX.

1961

Development of the first all plastic manually-operated sprayer.

1962

Additional subsidiary companies in Sweden, Spain and Switzerland expand the worldwide distribution network.

1964

During the course of this year 63,000 backpack foggers, in excess of 10,000 sprayers and 43,000 chainsaws are shipped from our factory. Production capacity is enlarged with additional facilities in Haubersbronn, near Stuttgart. Another subsidiary company is set up in Holland.

1972

The first electric-driven moped in Europe is presented to the public. The total production of mopeds is increasing rapidly.

SOLO expands its worldwide distribution network by adding two new subsidiaries in Australia and New Zealand.

1979

Inauguration of the new, modern administration building in Sindelfingen.

Mr. Wolfgang Emmerich joins the company on the 15th of February. Working closely with Mr. Heinz Emmerich results in a new generation of power equipment.

1981 - 1983

New development of the combination equipment line 'Multimot' as well as the lawnmower Piccolo and Piano. Introduction and use of high-grade plastic composite materials for mower decks.

1984

Mr. Heinz Emmerich, co-founder of the company, passes away on January 12th.

Mr. Andreas Emmerich BA, joins the company on July 1st.

1986

The 1,000,000th SOLO motorised backpack fogging machine 'Port 423' leaves the assembly line. Introduction of the new chainsaw models 641, 680 and 603 as well as the new  'Primo' lawnmower range. Daily production reaches 1,000 motorised units and almost 800 manually-operated sprayers.  The chainsaw assembly is streamlined. Further expansion of the factory in Daun as well as the construction of new facilities in Sindelfingen to centralise the despatch of goods from the factory.

1994

Wolfgang Emmerich and Andreas Emmerich are named Managing Directors on July 1, 1994

1995 - 1996

The constantly increasing sales demand for plant protection equipment, especially in the USA, calls for new factory facilities to be built in Newport News, Virginia, USA.

SOLO Kleinmotoren GmbH has manufactured in excess of 10 million SOLO machines since its foundation, and sold these in nearly every country in the world.

1999

The problem of design patent infringement increases: Copies of SOLO pressure sprayers flood the world market, forcing SOLO to launch a worldwide counter-campaign.