Andreas Stihl, founder of Andreas Stihl AG in 1926 was an engineer and important inventor in the area of chainsaws. Little could a young Andreas Stihl have imagined the implications of the chain saw he designed and built at his Stuttgart home.
The company continued to grow and in 1931 it became the first European company to export chainsaws to America and Russia. In 1950, Stihl developed the first chainsaw capable of being operated by a single person.
More than just a dreamer, Andreas Stihl was a true innovator. It didn’t take long for STIHL chain saws to become extremely popular. The STIHL brand became synonymous with professional chain saws and soon was the number one selling brand worldwide, a title the company retains today.
In the 1970s, STIHL expanded by building manufacturing plants in Brazil and the United States, which led to more diverse product lines. Significant growth in the construction and landscaping markets required products for these skilled professionals looking for STIHL quality and power, and their engineers responded. STIHL also met the increasing demands of quality-conscious consumers with a wide range of grass trimmers, edgers, blowers and, of course, chain saws.
Through all the growth, the company still embraces the same old-world care, dedication to quality and innovative spirit that Andreas Stihl embodied so many decades ago. It’s why their sales continue to grow, and why their legion of customers count on them to keep setting the standard for dependability and new product innovation.