Machinery giants John Deere Power Systems and Deutz have teamed up to jointly develop and source components for a new low horsepower range engine.
The two companies say they will be able to close a gap in the market by developing an efficient 130kW (175hp) engine for customers – while retaining the reliability, versatility and performance farmers expect from John Deere and Deutz engines.
John Deere and Deutz bring different perspectives and capabilities to the table. The two companies believe the collaboration can broaden their supply base and benefit from global scale – ultimately translating to increased market and customer value.
Co-development and co-sourcing will include engine hardware and design. Each company will then customise its product to meet customers’ specific needs through engine software and controls. They will also manufacture and distribute the engines independently.
“John Deere and Deutz are both industry leaders in designing and manufacturing innovative power systems,” said Pierre Guyot, senior vice-president, John Deere Power Systems.
“Through combining our complementary knowledge sets and focus areas, we are excited to offer John Deere and Deutz customers a reliable, cost-effective engine option in the low horsepower range.”
Deutz chief executive Frank Hiller said the fact that John Deere chose Deutz as a collaborator for the engine project underlined the company’s strong position in off-road engine applications.
He added: “This collaboration is an important step in establishing a business relationship between the two companies. We are very excited about the opportunity to join forces with an industry leader like John Deere, thereby creating value for our customers.”
Range of sectors
As well as tractors and agricultural machinery, John Deere Power Systems manufactures and markets industrial, marine and generator drive diesel engines, as well as drivetrain components for use in a variety of off-highway applications.
Deutz is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative drive systems. Its core competencies are the development, production, distribution, and servicing of diesel, gas, and electric drive systems for professional applications.