Mr. L.D. Mittal is the founder & Chairman of Sonalika Group, a prominent player in the global agriculture sector. A visionary and a renowned expert fondly known as “The Tractor Titan” is a man of many hues. Mr. Mittal incorporated Sonalika Group in 1969 for manufacturing farm implements. He envisioned to serve the farming community of India with technologically superior products. Since then he has grown this company into a multinational corporation, which stand strong as 3rd largest tractor player in India.
A gold medalist from Punjab University, with dual postgraduate degrees in English and Urdu, Mr. Mittal's passion and dedication to serve the farming community has been the driving force in the success of the company. In order to provide the complete agriculture solution, Mr. Mittal ventured into tractor manufacturing in 1996 and established Sonalika International Tractors Limited.
Exhibiting inspiring innovations and entrepreneurial skills, Mr. Mittal applied the advanced technologies for designing heavy duty tractors customized for the needs of the farmers globally. These tractors are manufactured at the World’s No.1 largest integrated tractor manufacturing plant strategically located in Hoshiarpur, Punjab having a production capacity of 3 lakh tractors annually.
Mr. Mittal is a rare combination of poetic and entrepreneurial talent. He often recites a famous verse of the great Urdu poet, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Mein Akela Hi Chala Tha Janebe Manzil Magar- Humsafar Milte Gaye Aur Karwan Banta Gaya(I had started all alone towards the destination people joined me on the way to make it a big caravan).
His endeavors, business acumen and philanthropy have been recognized by the corporate arena and the government through industry-level representations and awards. He has received several honors including the prestigious ˜Pride of the Nation, Udhyog Ratna, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2006 award. Apart from these, the Unnat Bharat Seva Shri Puruskar for outstanding services in agriculture and the Agriculture leadership award for his outstanding entrepreneurial achievements in the field of agriculture, are also few of the many feats to his credit. He was previously the Honorary Consulate General of the Embassy of Macedonia, the President of Indian Tractor Manufacturers Association, Co-Chairman of ICCI Expert Committee on Agriculture, Member of National Council, CII, Member of Development Council for Automobile & Allied Industries, Government of India, Member of CII National Committee on World Trade Organization and member of Managing Committee of Bharati Vidyapeeth University.