Deere invests in expanded manufacturing capacity for Joensuu factory

(PresseBox) ( Tampere, )
Deere & Company is making another investment in its Joensuu factory as work has begun to expand the manufacturing capacity of the plant as well as modernize various components and processes. Deere will invest USD $8.5 million in the project.

Deere said the investments will allow the factory to produce approximately 40 percent more machines daily and improve the productivity of other key functions. A new 1,500-squaremeter building will be added as well as new manufacturing machinery that will enhance production automation.

"Global sales of John Deere's forestry equipment for the cut-to-length forestry products have increased dramatically," said Jussi Malmi, Deere's general manager for cut-to-length products. "While we routinely work to improve our production processes, it becomes even more important at times when there is a sharp rise in sales volumes."

Investments over the past six years have transformed the Joensuu plant into a more modern, single assembly line that enables faster, timely deliveries to customers. In addition, Deere also added a new office building, which was completed at the Joensuu factory last year.

"These extensive investments demonstrate John Deere's long-term commitment to Finnish forestry machine competence," said Malmi. "The changes at the Joensuu plant are aimed at increasing the efficiency of the manufacturing process and making more effective use of production premises."

Deere said the changes at Joensuu will be completed by the fall of 2012 and will include simplified logistics, changes in how components are managed, and improved flexibility in the manufacturing processes. The changes will be made while production continues at the facility.

The Joensuu factory is the world's largest producer of forestry machines for the cut-tolength system and John Deere is the world's largest manufacturer overall for forestry equipment. In 2012, the employees of the Joensuu factory celebrate the facility's 40th year of operation while Deere & Company celebrates its 175th anniversary. The Joensuu location employs about 400 people while Deere employs more than 60,000 worldwide

Dr. Arne Bergmann, Deere's sales director for construction and forestry equipment in Europe and Africa, said "Innovation is one of John Deere's core values as a company and this leads to the development of timber harvesting equipment that improves the productivity of our customers. Investments in factories such as the one announced today for Joensuu help Deere retain its global competitiveness and maintain its position as an attractive and respected employer in Finland."

John Deere is a global leader in forestry equipment and invests more each year in product development than any other forestry machine manufacturer.

"The success of our customers is of utmost importance to us," said plant manager Janne Haapasalo. "We are building innovative machinery and must continue to develop advanced manufacturing processes. An example of this is the introduction of the first Interim Tier 4 harvester in the E-series that we are now building. We want to exceed our customers' expectations in terms of productivity, reliability, and ease of use. In total, the machines have undergone more than 400 different product improvements. Our enhancements in manufacturing help us to be capable to deliver such products to the market and emphasize our commitment to manufacturing in Finland."
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