John Deere announced an expanded relationship with compact and construction machinery manufacturer Wacker Neuson for excavators up to nine metric tons.
The two companies will collaborate on the development of excavators under five tonnes, including battery-electric excavators to be manufactured by Wacker Neuson. Additionally, John Deere will have control of design, manufacturing and technological innovation for five- to nine-ton machines, building on a strong foundation from Wacker Neuson.
“Excavators are an integral part of our customers’ jobsites, and we expect the growing demand to continue,” said Domenic Ruccolo, senior vice president of global construction equipment sales, marketing and product support at John Deere. “As we look to the future of our excavator lineup, this agreement will allow us greater flexibility as we continue to deliver a robust product portfolio that puts the operator experience first.”
Distribution, parts, service and support will continue through the John Deere dealer network.
“We are excited about the expanded agreement as it supports our goal of bringing productivity-focused features and industry-leading technology to customers with greater agility,” said Jerred Pauwels, vice president, excavators, strategy and business development at John Deere. “Through this relationship, we will innovate faster and deliver additional functionality and performance differentiation to our customers.”
The Wacker Neuson Group is an international group of companies headquartered in Munich, Germany, and employing 6,000 people worldwide.