John Deere Werke Mannheim

Logo John DeereJohn Deere is a trademark of Deere & Company (Illinois, USA). John Deere was founded in 1837. Today, 47,400 employees are located at 43 works in 17 countries. John Deere products are delivered to more than 160 countries. The worldwide total turnover is 17 billion € (about 50% is agricultural machinery). Outside the US there are 18,150 employees of whom 5,300 are in Germany and 1,440 are in France. Other important manufacturing sites in Europe are Spain, Finland and The Netherlands. John Deere development and production has been present in Europe since 1956.
Within the European John Deere Group, the Mannheim factory (John Deere Werke Mannheim JDWM, Germany) will coordinate and manage the 2ndVegOil project.
JDWM is the most important European site. John Deere is the biggest manufacturer of agricultural machinery in Ger-many. Here, almost 40,000 tractors are produced yearly. Production and product development are characterized by an extremely high vertical range of manufacturing. In addition to agricultural machines and vehicles, John Deere product lines comprise agricultural system solutions and services as well as sensor systems.
There are two factories and one commercial centre at John Deere France , at the Saran factory, diesel engines are developed and produced within a range from 48 hp up to 275 hp (3, 4 and 6 cylinder engines) for countless applications. There is a strong cooperation between JDWM and the French site at Saran since engine development and support is the key issue for agricultural vehicles within the project.
As a summary, John Deere in Europe is the biggest developer of agricultural technologies and the largest producer of machinery for agricultural production in Europe. Within the project “2ndVegOil” John Deere Werke Mannheim will take the leadership for vehicles powered with neat vegetable oil within the European John Deere group. With the 2ndVegOil project, John Deere wants to open and to widen new renewable energy markets for agriculture.
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Main tasks in this project

John Deere will be the coordinator of this project and in charge of the major part of the engine development and fleet tests. Further, John Deere will be in charge of testing and demonstrating suitable engine oils together with Lubrizol and will lead the dissemination activities.

Profile of main staff members to be involved

The John Deere research work within the 2ndVegOil project will be coordinated by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pickel. Since 2000, Prof. Pickel was a professor for agricultural engineering, communal machinery and environmental technologies at the former Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Land Use Management of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Saxony Anhalt).
His research work has been focused on drives, renewable energy, automation and system solutions integrating agricultural machinery and the corresponding production processes of farms.
Since April 2007, Prof. Pickel is now Manager Tractor Applications at John Deere Werke Mannheim. In the John Deere group, he is responsible for research and development of technologies and system solutions for agriculture. His primary task will be to coordinate and lead several publicly funded and other research projects and networks with John Deere internal and external partners.



John Deere Werke Mannheim
Zweigniederlassung der John Deere  Company
John-Deere-Straße 90
68163 Mannheim
Phone: +49 (0)621 829 02

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Seventh Framework Programme
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