In 2013 John Deere celebrates its 50th anniversary as a lawn equipment manufacturer. With the production of its first lawn tractor, the model 110, in Horicon, Wisconsin, US, John Deere successfully entered this new market in 1963. Since then, the product range has grown steadily, and now offers a comprehensive choice of domestic lawn and professional turf equipment for homeowners, commercial customers, groundsmen and greenkeepers.
At the 2013 SIMA Show (25th-28th February), John Deere launched a new model in the R900i Series of trailed sprayers. The R952i sprayer with 5,200 litre tank is packed with intelligent solutions to support arable farmers and contractors in the entire crop protection process from filling to spraying.
Providing even greater performance in a range of environments, John Deere’s XUV 855D Gator 4x4 utility vehicle is now available with power steering. This is designed to reduce steering effort considerably, compared to models without this feature.
Following a gold medal won by the 900 Series round baler at the SIMA 2011 show, John Deere has now been awarded gold and silver for two of the company’s latest innovations. Both will be on display on the John Deere stand at SIMA 2013 in Paris next February.
John Deere has been named a Thomson Reuters 2012 top 100 Global Innovator. The program honors corporations and institutions that are at the heart of innovation as measured by a series of proprietary patent-related metrics. The list is an initiative of the Intellectual Property Solutions business of Thomson Reuters.
Following the first-ever listing of John Deere in the Interbrand report of the '100 best global brands' last year, the company has made a quantum leap in the 2012 ranking. According to the latest Interbrand ranking, John Deere's assessed brand value stands at US$ 4.221 billion, a 16 percent increase compared to last year.