MOLINE, Ill., Sept. 30 /CNW/ -- Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) today
announced plans to form a joint venture with Ashok Leyland Limited, the
flagship of the Hinduja Group in India, to initially manufacture and market
backhoes and four-wheel-drive loaders that will be sold in India and exported
to other markets. The joint venture plans to provide a full line of
construction equipment in future years.
Deere said it has signed a definitive agreement to form the joint venture
with Ashok Leyland, the second largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in
India and the flagship of the Hinduja Group. Initial production is planned for
early 2010. Deere is the world's largest manufacturer of equipment for
agriculture and forestry and a major equipment supplier for construction and
lawn and turf care.
"This action enhances Deere's growth of the construction equipment
business outside of North America," said Samuel R. Allen, president, Worldwide
Construction and Forestry Division. "India is an important market and Ashok
Leyland is a knowledgeable partner with strengths in brand recognition,
distribution, quality manufacturing, and loyal employees and dealers."
R. Seshasayee, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, said, "We see huge
synergies between this business and our existing one of commercial vehicles,
in terms of aggregates, parts and distribution network. John Deere is a
technology leader with an impressive portfolio of proven and popular
Ashok Leyland has a broad dealer network throughout India and exports to
over 20 countries. In 2007, India was the largest backhoe market in the world.
The joint venture will build a manufacturing facility in India and is
currently evaluating site locations. This is Deere's second announcement this
year of global expansion in construction equipment. In February, Deere
announced a joint venture to build construction equipment in China -- the
world's largest and fastest market overall for construction equipment.
Financial terms of the planned joint venture between Deere and Ashok
Leyland were not announced.
John Deere (Deere & Company - NYSE: DE) is the world's leading provider
of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major
provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf
care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services
worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since
it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity,
quality, commitment and innovation around the globe.
For further information:
For further information: Ken Golden, Director, Strategic Public
Relations of Deere & Company, +1-309-765-5678 Web Site: http://www.deere.com