The STIHL story, part 1: The saw should be carried to the tree, and not the tree to the saw (1926-1945)

When Andreas Stihl opens his engineering office in Stuttgart in 1926, forestry work is still hard and difficult. Trees are felled with an axe or handsaw and then transported to sawmills. Only there are chainsaws used. Stihl, graduated in mechanical engineering, has an idea: the saw should be carried to the tree, and not the tree to the saw.

New EU standard for PPE Forestry: from high visibility orange to bright pink

The personal protective equipment for the forestry industry, aka PPE Forestry, is now becoming even safer. Drawing on the results of a major study, a new standard governing work clothing will come into force on 1 May 2016; high visibility orange will be changing to bright pink. Millions of foresters and woodsmen are now facing a race against time to equip themselves for the new standard.

STIHL asks, Josef Lang answers

“Wood is warm and alive. It simply has a different energy,” says the sculptor Josef Lang. In our interview, he tells us about how he started making wooden sculptures that stand over 3 metres in height, the challenges his art poses and his favourite STIHL saw.

Tailwind for pros: working comfortably with the BR450 C-EF

The STIHL BR 450 C-EF is the first professional blower on the European market that comes equipped with ElectroStart. Thanks to this innovation, users can easily restart the tool after short interruptions to their work without having to take it off their backs first − proving very useful to landscapers and municipal cleaning operations.

STIHL logistics: from Ludwigsburg to all over the world

From chainsaws and clearing saws to hedge trimmers, many of these tools start their journey to over 160 countries around the world at STIHL Plant 7 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Plant 7 is the STIHL Group’s central sales headquarters for Europe and most of the other countries in the world. It is also the site of STIHL’s “global replacement parts warehouse”. We took a look behind the scenes of the logistics centre.