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 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.
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.