SOLÉ, S.A., founded in 1914 by Enrique
Solé Jorba and currently managed by Enrique Solé, the founder's
grandson, has made over 50,000 marine motors since it was established.
This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the manufacture of the first of
Solé Diesel was set up as a family
company specialising in building carriages, and afterwards specialised
in mechanics, and car repairs in particular. It moved away from this
field after manufacturing the first motor for industrial use, a single
cylinder 7 HP engine.
SOLÉ DIESEL did not start to
manufacture marine motors until 1949, when it built one, two and
three-cylinder engines with a maximum power of 30 HP. These motors were
completely designed and built at the Martorell factory. Afterwards, an
air-cooled motor was transformed to a seawater cooling system, using
Lombardini two- and three-cylinder blocks. Over the years, SOLÉ DIESEL
has developed and created its own adaptation systems and original parts
for adapting the motors it has imported to a marine environment.
From 1972 onwards, SOLÉ, S.A. took
up the challenge of adapting engines of up to 150 HP to a marine
environment, with a Perkins, and then a Mercedes base. In 1978, the
company took a great leap forward - adapting motors to a marine
environment using a Mitsubishi base.
The company currently
has the latest technology in production, including
numerically-controlled centres winches, new test banks for engines, new
test banks for gear changers, new installations for production and
propeller balancing, thus obtaining an 80% increase in production over
the last five years.
SOLÉ, S.A. currently has over a hundred service
points in Spain and more than 250 internationally. The SOLÉ DIESEL range
of engines has evolved with the growth in its market - four ranges of
marine motors with between 17 and 272 HP of power and one of single and
triple phase marine power generating sets of up to 100 kW.
SOLÉ, S.A. has now attained "a
position of leadership in the range of motors smaller than 150 HP." It
has also been able to carve a niche in foreign markets, in Europe, North
Africa, North and South America, Asia and Oceania