Stihl (/stl/ (About this soundlisten),[3] German: [ʃtiːl]) is a German manufacturer of chainsaws and other handheld power equipment including trimmers and blowers. Their headquarters are in Waiblingen, Baden-Württemberg, near Stuttgart, Germany. Stihl was founded in 1926 by Andreas Stihl, an important innovator in early chain saw production. Stihl claims to be the world's best-selling brand of chain saws, and the only chain saw manufacturer to make its own saw chains and guide bars.[4] Andreas Stihl AG is a privately held company owned by the descendants of Andreas Stihl. Stihl operates the Stihl Timbersports Series.

Andreas Stihl AG & Co.
TypePrivate Corporation
IndustryForestry equipment, Landscape maintenance
FounderAndreas Stihl
HeadquartersWaiblingen, Germany
Key people
Nikolas Stihl (chairman of Stihl Holding AG & Co. KG
Eva Stihl (vice chairperson)
ProductsIndustrial chainsaws, string trimmers, cultivators, cut-off saws, leaf blowers, construction tools, edgers, pole pruners, augers/drills & protective apparel
Revenue4.581 billion (2020)[1]
Number of employees
18,200 (2020)[2]
Stihl MS 170 chainsaw

Company historyEdit

Andreas Stihl designed and hand built his first chainsaw in 1926.[5] The saw was electrically powered, and weighed about 64 kg (141 lb).[6] Stihl grew slowly initially, as the chainsaws came to the market about the same time as the Great Depression; with manpower cheap, and old two-man saws proven, there was no need for power saws.

In the mid-1970s Stihl expanded the company by building manufacturing plants in Brazil and in the United States. Much of the increased demand came from the construction and landscaping markets. Along with the professional markets, Stihl designed a number of home-use equipment, like blowers, line trimmers, edgers, and chainsaws. In 2008, the newest Stihl production facility opened in Qingdao, China.[7] In December 2008, Stihl acquired the carburetor producer Zama to safeguard the supply and to enter a new business segment with growth potential.[8]

During the 1970s while building chainsaws, Stihl entered the weed-trimmer/brush-cutter market contracting a Japanese company as their supplier for several years until Stihl had their own model to build themselves.

In 1992, Stihl acquired Viking, an Austrian company.

Stihl SubsidiariesEdit

Incorporated in Delaware, Stihl Inc. is the US subsidiary of Stihl International GmbH and is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Construction of the facilities there began in 1974. Along with the manufacturing facilities, there are also warehouses and administration buildings at the 150-acre complex. Stihl Inc. employs almost 2,000 employees on 2 million square feet of buildings.

Andreas Stihl Ltd was founded in 1978 in the United Kingdom.

Product galleryEdit


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  3. ^ "Stihl USA FAQ". Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  4. ^ "STIHL Corporate Culture" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  5. ^ New Zealand Forest Industries. Profile Pub. Limited. 1995.
  6. ^ Forest Industries Review. Modern Productions. 1976.
  7. ^ "Shandong Provincial Government Delegation visited STIHL Qingdao". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  8. ^ STIHL AG & Co. KG. "Stihl press release". Retrieved 24 October 2016.

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