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STIHL

STIHL started out as one man with a vision. Now, more than 80 years later, the STIHL Group provides jobs for more than 7,800 people, including 370 designers andengineers. As a company, we have over 35,000 Dealers in more than 160 countriesand, due to the excellence of our products and craftsmanship, STIHL has becomethe preferred choice of many professionals and hobby gardeners worldwide.
1926
Founded by Andreas Stihl in Cannstatt near Stuttgart, Germany. Designed the first bucking chain saw with an electricmotor.
1929
Introduces the first STIHL two-man petrol-drivenchain saw.
1931
Becomes the first company to export chain sawsto America and Russia.
1950
Develops the world's first chain saw that can beoperated by one person.
1959
Revolutionises the market with the lightweightand handy-sized STIHL Contra chain saw.
1971
Achieves an annual output of 340,000 units,making STIHL the most widely sold chain saw brand in the world.
1973
Hans Peter Stihl takes over from his fatherAndreas Stihl as Managing Director.
1974
STIHL Incorporated in the United States isfounded. 
1978
Andreas Stihl Ltd in Great Britain is founded.
1988
Develops the world's first catalytic converterfor two-stroke engines, reducing the level of harmful hydrocarbons in theexhaust gas by 70-80%.
1992
Acquires 100% of shares in the Austrian gardenequipment manufacturer VIKING.
1993
Dr. Nikolas Stihl, the grandson of the STIHLcompany founder, is appointed Managing Director of VIKING.
2001
The new VIKING Centre of Excellence opens inKufstein, Austria, to accommodate full design, production, sales and marketingfacilities. 
2002
Innovative 4-MIX engine technology introduced,combining the advantages of two-stroke and four-stroke units: fewer emissions,lower weight and higher torque.
2003
Adds clever ErgoStart starting aid to compactchain saws and light brushcutters, making these machines much easier to start.
2004
VIKING wins Design Awards for its new GE 150chipper and GE 250 shredder, which feature an advanced design and patentedblade system.
STIHL invests €40 million in its new R&DEngineering Centre in Waiblingen. 
2006
STIHL marks its 80th Anniversary, and VIKINGcelebrates 25 years of business success. 

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