Dearborn, Michigan - Ford has licensed Deere & Co. and Sears Manufacturing Co. to further develop Ford's soya-based flexible seat foam for John Deere farming equipment and other applications.
Farmers could soon be harvesting sitting on seats made with their own crops, thanks to the collaboration between Ford and John Deere -- the world's leading manufacturer of agricultural equipment, according to an 11 Dec Ford statement.
Under the agreement, Deere will further develop and manufacture Ford's soya-based flexible foam for seating materials in tractors, riding mowers and other equipment.
The materials will be used in the seat backs, seat cushions, arm- and head-rests of John Deere equipment, which is used in agriculture, forestry, construction, and lawn and turf care.
Sears Manufacturing will be incorporating the technology into Class V-VII medium and heavy trucks.
"John Deere's agreement with Ford builds on our shared core values of quality and innovation and our commitment to deliver outstanding products for our customers," said Klaus Hoehn, vice president, Advanced Technology and Engineering at John Deere, in the Ford statement.