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.
The buzzword “Industry 4.0” has established itself as a hot topic in the daily press. We currently find ourselves at the beginning of the fourth industrial revolution. The extensive collection and use of data, connectivity and the direct exchange of information among machinery, components and products all stand to shape industry in the years ahead. At STIHL, this future has long since started to become reality.
The 128 palm trees on the main avenue of “Barbosa Rodrigues” are the emblem of the botanical garden of Rio de Janeiro. For many years, young people from disadvantaged social backgrounds have been making sure that the palm trees and the entire park can be enjoyed in all their splendour.
What you need for good cutting performance is a high-quality saw chain. Customary Swiss precision ensures that the saw chains are produced to the highest quality standards. A number of processes have to be carried out before a saw chain is ready for action. We took a look at how a saw chain is made, from the raw materials right through to the finished product.
In February of this year, we launched our very own SoundCloud channel. We started with a sound quiz. After that, we made all the sounds of our tools that we had as recordings available through a Creative Commons licence.