Wacker Neuson and John Deere for compact excavators

Wacker Neuson is entering into a cooperation with John Deere Construction & Forestry, a subsidiary of Deere & Company, USA, for the sale of “Deere”-brand mini and compact excavators initially in China, Australia and selected Southeast Asian countries. The aim for both companies is a long-term cooperation in key growth markets.

The cooperation covers mini and compact excavators in the range of 1.7 to 7.5 tons. Wacker Neuson will manufacture the equipment predominantly in Pinghu, China, where mini excavator production for the Group got underway in January 2018.

Martin Lehner, CEO of Wacker Neuson, said: «We are excited about this long-term cooperation with John Deere in the Asia-Pacific region. Expanding our sales channels in the region will greatly improve the capacity utilization of our new production site in China and help us leverage economies of scale».

Wacker Neuson excavator


Asian expansion

Both John Deere and Wacker Neuson already have dealer networks in the asian region and these are set to be expanded further in the coming years. Meanwhile WN will continue to market light and compact equipment under the “Wacker Neuson” brand via its own dealer network.


Wacker Neuson is already familiar with local market conditions in Asia-Pacific, having entered the light equipment business there several decades ago. The Group exported its first mini excavators from its plant in Linz, Austria, to China in 2013. The construction of the Pinghu plant was an important step in Wacker Neuson’s plan to increase growth in the region and underlines the strategic importance of the Chinese market to the Group. Asia-Pacific accounted for around 3 percent of Group revenue in 2017 and it is set to be developed into a key market.

«We are entering a strategic partnership with an experienced and very successful manufacturer of mini and compact excavators. Their innovative and strongly customer-oriented products will help us to further develop our market position in the Asia-Pacific region» states David Thorne, senior vice president, sales & marketing, John Deere Construction & Forestry.

The first units will be delivered to John Deere in the first half of 2019.

And… the engines?

The power ratio of the Wacker Neuson  compact excavators are between 10 and 55 kilowatts. Currently Yanmar‘s TNV series takes centre stage. In the powertrain of the most powerful machines Perkins 404F and 854F, Deutz TCD2.9.


Wacker Neuson China

About Wacker Neuson

The Group is an international family of companies and a manufacturer of light and compact equipment with over 50 affiliates and 140 sales and service stations. In 2017, the Group achieved revenue of 1.53 billion €, employing more than 5,500 people worldwide.

The product brands Wacker Neuson, Kramer and Weidemann belong to the Wacker Neuson Group. The group is the partner of choice among professional users in construction, gardening, landscaping and agriculture, as well as among municipal bodies and companies in industries such as recycling, energy and rail transport.



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