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John Deere and Liebherr announce engine collaboration

9 February 2017

John Deere Power Systems and Liebherr Machines Bulle SA have entered into an agreement to jointly evaluate engine technologies, designs, and development processes that “may be useful for developing and producing future power needs of each company”.

The two companies have indicated that the collaboration will be targeted towards specific horsepower and displacement ranges. However, the potential engine(s), and other output associated with this collaboration are not being detailed at this time. Separate announcements are expected to occur, as appropriate, said the companies.

“John Deere Power Systems and Liebherr are both world-class engine designers and manufacturers who have a long history of successful interactions with each other,” said Mike Weinert, John Deere Power Systems vice president responsible for engine engineering and manufacturing. “Because of the capabilities each brings, and the long standing, positive working relationship, it makes sense for our two companies to join technical efforts in areas of engine technology and architectures, component sourcing strategies, and best practices related to engine development and manufacture.”

“Markets and customer needs are always evolving, meaning the engines that our respective companies need must also change” said Rudolf Ellensohn, as managing director at Liebherr Machines Bulle SA responsible for the business unit diesel engines. “This collaboration between John Deere Power Systems and Liebherr enables the two companies to gain leverage in numerous areas such as pooling engineering resources, tooling costs, and supplier development.”

The two companies also indicated they expected the collaboration to accelerate the time from engine concept to first production on any particular engine project.

Last year, Liebherr entered into an engine alliance with Deutz AG, and unveiled a new range of large diesel engines to power a new line of Kohler generator sets.

Source: John Deere