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”. Plant 7 also provides central services. We took a look behind the scenes of the logistics centre.
Small and large parts alike are picked in the replacement part packaging area of Plant 7. Over 15,000 parts are stored here.
Individual boxes weighing 60 kilograms filled with guide bars can only be picked with the help of a vacuum lifter. Each year, 4,600 tonnes of guide bars are packaged by only two employees.
A high-reach forklift gets the job done in the enormous storage facility for finished tools. As many as 10,000 pallets are stored here. Products from STIHL Headquarters in Waiblingen and from individual subsidiaries are prepared here for shipping to the distribution centre.
The tools are packaged in a large hall, specific to each customer and completed with accessories and instruction manuals.
The trucks are loaded in the shipping department. Each year, 140,000 packaging units are sent in 7,700 transporters via land, sea and air.
The planning department carries out storage and transport logistics projects for the entire STIHL Group. It supports existing subsidiaries as well as new ones.