Foxconn to build Monarch tractors
By Chad Elmore09 August 2022
Company to use Lordstown facility in Ohio to build electric tractors
Foxconn (Hon Hai Technology Group) has signed a contract manufacturing agreement (CMA) with Zimeno Inc. d.b.a. Monarch Tractor to build next-generation agricultural equipment and battery packs at the Foxconn Ohio facility, which the Taiwanese company recently purchased from Lordstown Motors Corp.
“Leveraging Foxconn’s manufacturing strengths, worldwide network of industry leaders and supply partners, and our new partnership with Monarch Tractor, Foxconn is positioned and eager to contribute to the ongoing and future success of Monarch Tractor, its products and its customers,” said Young Liu, Chairman of Hon Hai Technology Group. “This partnership reflects Foxconn’s growing center of gravity for autonomous electric vehicle production and the potential that can emerge from forward-thinking collaborations.”
Full-rate production of Monarch Tractor’s MK-V Series is scheduled to begin Q1 2023 at the Foxconn Ohio facility, an approximately 6.2 million square foot campus of scalable production space. This will follow production of Monarch’s Founder Series in Q4 of 2022 at Monarch Tractor’s Livermore, Calif., manufacturing facility.
“Creating the industry’s most advanced tractor demands a manufacturing partner with the experience to quickly scale and execute with precision,” said Praveen Penmetsa, co-founder and CEO of Monarch Tractor. “Foxconn is an EMS [electronic manufacturing service] leader whose manufacturing and solutions are world-renowned. We are proud to partner with Foxconn and work together to transform the future of farming.”
In May 2022, Foxconn assumed manufacturing operations in Ohio after completing an asset purchase agreement with Lordstown Motors. The agreement with Monarch Tractor is reportedly the first contract manufacturing engagement by Foxconn following the closing, and was said to embody the Foxconn vision to expand its contract manufacturing in the EV market.