John Deere Germany ramp up harvester production for Oz and NZ

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John Deere’s Zweibrücken factory in Germany, which has more than 50 years of harvester manufacturing experience, will be in charge of producing additional S-series combines for the Australasian market.

John Deere Germany ramp up harvester production for Oz and NZ
John Deere's German manufacturing facility will answer to the increasing demand of the S-series combine harvesters in Australia and New Zealand.

From November 1, the factory will commence the manufacturing of additional units of the popular S-series combine harvesters for overseas markets, primarily Australia and New Zealand.

"When it comes to allocating production resources most efficiently, our global manufacturing footprint strategy enables us to select the best possible location," says John Deere Werk  Zweibrücken factory manager Linus Baumhauer.

"Following an assessment of key parameters such as manufacturing quality, first-pass yield, available supply base, and cost structure, Zweibrücken emerged as first choice to provide the machines to these strategically important markets."

According to John Deere, its Zweibrücken factory has more than 50 years of combine harvester engineering, manufacturing and aftermarket experience.

Apart from Zweibrücken, John Deere S-series combines are manufactured in East Moline in Illinois, United States; as well as in Horizontina, Brazil.

Last year, John Deere announced some enhancements on the S-series combines that are specifically designed with Australian and New Zealand customers in mind.

This includes the Tough Crop Packages with Active Concave Isolation on the S680 and S690 models to squeeze more throughput out of the machines and increase tough small grain harvesting capacity.

John Deere Harvester Works’ Emily Priebe says operators working in tough separating and threshing conditions can now increase harvest throughput by 20 per cent.

"Producers in tough small grains will also see a 10 per cent capacity increase while maintaining their loss level," she adds.

John Deere also introduced the new 645FD Hydraflex draper on the S-series combines that the company claims allows growers to harvest 10 per cent more acres in a day.

The 13.7m operating width means more ground can be covered in fewer passes.

For the first time ever, John Deere also offered 26 and 36 inch track options for the S-series combine harvesters to Australian and New Zealand producers for better flotation, reduced compaction and more efficient fuel use.

 The tracks are designed with a high-idler configuration for enhanced performance and easy changeability between tracks and tyres.

Other enhancements to the S-sseries line-up include a new Interactive Combine Adjustment technology which automates the machine’s setting while harvesting on-the-go.

The S-series combine harvesters will be available to Australian and New Zealand customers with a US EPA Tier 2 engine. 

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