When Andreas Stihl developed his first chainsaw in 1926, his aim and vision was to “ease people’s work with and in nature”. STIHL has been the world’s best-selling chainsaw brand since 1971. Since the company was founded by Andreas Stihl, it has developed from a one-man operation into an internationally active manufacturer of chainsaws and […]
In Guyana, STIHL supports the Caiman House Field Station research project. It provides help to the alligators and the inhabitants of the small village Yupukari.
In the late nineteen-sixties, Andreas Stihl increasingly withdraws from the company for reasons of health. His son, Hans Peter Stihl, becomes a personally liable partner in 1971. He and his sister, Eva, have already been pursuing a clear strategy for some years: They want to take control of sales operations.
Forest areas, farmland, urban parks – nature is multi-faceted. This is one of the reasons why our products are used in such a wide range of fields. Whether landscaping, forestry, the furniture industry, tea production or bush fire prevention – as a global group it is our aspiration to cope with challenges of every possible kind.
After the war, Andreas Stihl is confronted with difficult challenges. Just 80 of the previous 500 employees are still there in 1945.The saw business is in a slump, STIHL is in a crisis. STIHL works its way back to success with highly motivated employees, some of them from the founding years, and with new products. The legendary “Contra” model is launched in 1959.
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.
“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.
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.