Becoming better is our passion – and has been for more than 95 years

We want to make people’s work easier. That was my father’s vision over 95 years ago, and it remains our strongest driving force.
Hans Peter Stihl, Honorary Chairman of the STIHL Advisory Board and Supervisory Board

STIHL has grown steadily since its founding in 1926: The company now offers a broad product portfolio that goes far beyond what started with a chainsaw. What was once a Swabian one-man operation has flourished into an international company that has more than 20,000 employees across all continents. Throughout its more-than-95-year history, STIHL has always remained true to its core values and company principles: We are a family-owned company and stand for products that are distinguished by outstanding quality and “made by STIHL” cutting-edge technology.

STIHL history

Family and leadership

Globalization, growth, technological change: Since its founding by Andreas Stihl, the company has undergone continuous development and change. Yet one thing has always remained the same: STIHL is a family-owned company, now in the third generation.

STIHL history

Product history

What makes STIHL unique? Our innovative strength! Back in the mid-1920s, company founder Andreas Stihl revolutionized forestry work with his vision of making it easier for people to work with and in nature.

Find out more about how STIHL has repeatedly emphasized its technological leadership for more than 95 years, through innovations and global product highlights.

STIHL history

STIHL on course for growth

Since the company was founded, STIHL has evolved from a one-man operation to a global player. Today the company is represented in more than 160 countries and has a worldwide sales and production network.

Find out how Swabian inventive flair, an insistence on top quality and an unparalleled service concept have made STIHL a global company. 

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