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Zweibruecken factory hands over its first S-Series combine

John Deere Werk Zweibrücken (JDWZ), the company’s European manufacturing base for the production of combine harvesters and self-propelled forage harvesters, has formally handed over its first S-Series combine, an S670, to a German customer.

Together with agriculture & turf division presidents James M Field and Mark von Pentz, JDWZ factory manager Ralf Gaa and German branch manager Helmut Korthöber presented a Golden Key to Thomas Poenisch, a farmer from eastern Germany.

“The increasing demand for high performance combines in North America, Europe and the CIS markets has led to the decision to add S-Series production capacity in Zweibrücken,” said James M Field, agriculture & turf division president with responsibility for the worldwide crop harvesting platform. “Due to its high levels of product quality and performance, this factory has earned itself the right to grow. The S-Series combine assembly, therefore, represents a significant step on our journey to expand our global manufacturing footprint.”

“The decision to produce S-Series combines here in Zweibrücken is part of an eight-year, 200 million Euro investment programme to expand the portfolio and the capacity of our Zweibrücken factory,” said factory manager Ralf Gaa. “It will add several hundred machines to our schedule and significantly enhance the utilisation of our full production capacity.”

Complementing the W- and T-Series straw walker combine models currently produced in Zweibrücken, the S-Series features a single tine rotor design to meet the needs of large arable farms and contractors.

In 2013, Zweibrücken looks back on a 150-year heritage as a farm equipment manufacturer. The factory was originally established by the Palatine entrepreneur Christian Wery in 1863 to produce farm tools and equipment. In 1916, the company was acquired by Heinrich Lanz in Mannheim (Germany), and became John Deere’s primary European harvesting equipment manufacturing site in the 1960s, following the acquisition of Lanz by John Deere in 1956.

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