Deere, Topcon Announce Strategic Alliance

Thu March 01, 2012 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

John Deere Construction & Forestry Division will enter into an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Topcon Positioning Systems that allows the heavy-equipment manufacturer to sell, support and factory-install Topcon’s 3D-MC2 machine control technology on John Deere dozers and motor graders.

“We are very pleased with this agreement which brings our leading grade control technology to John Deere construction equipment on a broader scale,” said Jamie Williamson, senior vice president and general manager of the Topcon Positioning Systems Construction Business Unit. “We believe this agreement will provide John Deere and Topcon customers the utmost quality in machine control technology and productivity on the job. John Deere and Topcon will work together to add value to integrated machine control systems through advanced, highly-integrated features in the future.”

“John Deere’s approach to integrated machine control provides the customer with great flexibility,” said Domenic Ruccolo, senior vice president of sales and marketing, John Deere Construction and Forestry. "The alliance with Topcon will allow our equipment owners to utilize a factory-installed grade control system that maximizes productivity, uptime and lowers daily operating costs on the worksite. Customers will experience faster delivery of their grade control-equipped machine, receive a factory-inspected system and benefit from an expanded level of customer support.”

Factory-installed options available for the Topcon 3D-MC2 system will include single or twin antenna versions, and six receiver options including multi-constellation GNSS support and communications protocols.

The agreement will focus on the installation and distribution of Topcon 3D-MC2 systems in John Deere products for the United States and Canada beginning in the fall of 2012. Efforts will then focus on expanding the agreement to other regions of the world.