Kuhn Group and Deere & Co. have put together marketing and licensing agreements focusing on large square balers.

Kuhn Group will manufacture John Deere-branded large square balers for sale in selected regions of Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, North Africa and the Middle East. The Kuhn-Geldrop plant expects the first orders this fall for delivery in 2012.

Deere & Co. has licensed from Kuhn Group the intellectual property rights to Kuhn's large square balers as they exist today for unrestricted use outside these selected regions. Further enhancements and improvements will be made by both parties independently and are not part of the cooperation. This also applies to Kuhn-branded large square balers, which will continue to be supplied to all Kuhn dealers worldwide without restriction as in the past.

Following an in-depth evaluation and analyses of the large square baler marketplace and its customer needs, Deere approached Kuhn with ideas for cooperation, according to a press release from Bucher Industries, of which Kuhn is a division.