John Deere India, a leader in India tractor manufacturing and provider of advanced crop solutions and micro-irrigation systems, is introducing a new 60 Hp tractor model 5060E in India. This internationally-styled tractor is powered by a fuel-efficient, three-cylinder John Deere diesel engine - 3029T and is equipped with power steering with Tilt facility, Self equalizing oil-immersed disc brakes, side-shift gears, mobile-charging point, Electrical quick raise and Lower hydraulic system (EQRL) and many other user-friendly features. This smart tractor model 5060E is equipped with modern electronics and provides information on critical parameters to the operator thru its 5 in 1 Multi function LCD display and array of gauges and indicators on its dash board. Some of the new elements include toad speed in KMPH, service reminder, battery voltage meter, trip meter, clutch overriding indicator and alert system.
“John Deere is bringing advanced technology to farmers in India, helping them to be more productive and cost effective .This new 60-Hp tractor model 5060E offers state–of-the-art features that help customers be more productive and cost effective, ” said Ravi Menon, Director, Sales and Marketing, John Deere India.
Meanwhile, the American behemoth is firming up plans to establish a new tractor facility, most probably be in Central India. Currently, the company is in the process of identifying land. The company, which has 9pc market share in the Indian tractor market, sold it's 100,000th tractor in the domestic market last year.
The company has also invested in a grain harvester unit in Patiala and a micro-irrigation equipment unit in Vadodara. Construction is going on at the 7 acre facility in Patiala and the plant is expected to start production in April 2012. The facility will initially manufacture W70 range of 100hp combined harvesters. The company is currently importing the 89hp tractors as the volumes are small.
It may be recalled that early this year, company Group Chairman and CEO Samuel R. Allen had announced investments US$ 100 million (about Rs. 450 crore) to set up a new tractor facility in India, besides ramping up their existing plant in Pune. While 80 per cent (around Rs. 360 crore) of the said amount has been earmarked for setting up the new tractor facility and the balance Rs. 90 crore would go in for expanding their Pune facility by 50pc.
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