Waiblingen, 2/4/2019 | Company press release
STIHL Tirol has strengthened its development and production activities at its Langkampfen location and officially inaugurated a new extension building on February 1, 2019. With an investment volume of 22.8 million euros, this is the largest single investment to date at the Austria location. Dr. Nikolas Stihl, Chairman of the STIHL Advisory Board and Supervisory Board and former long-standing Managing Director at the site in Tyrol, emphasized: “This investment not only reflects our confidence in the future business development of STIHL Tirol, it is also a further commitment to the location. In the future too, we will continue to focus on Langkampen as a center of excellence and manufacturing location for ground-guided STIHL garden power tools and cordless products.”
With a total floor space of 20,000 square meters, the facility offers not only plenty of extra space but also around 150 new jobs. Of these, 65 were already filled at the turn of the 2018/2019 year. This means that the number of employees at STIHL Tirol will soon exceed 600. This building work has significantly enhanced the production of lawn mowers and other ground-guided gardening power tools from STIHL. The development team now has access to advanced electronics laboratories for the STIHL iMow robotic mower and endurance testing facilities, among other amenities. One highlight is the green roof, which serves as a space for testing the robotic mowers. A fully automated small parts warehouse – currently one of the most advanced warehousing systems in Austria – has been added to support logistics. In addition, a separate training workshop dedicated to training future specialists has also been set up.
This demanding building project was completed in 16 months. STIHL Tirol Managing Director Dr. Clemens Schaller commented: “We are pleased to report that this major project was accurately completed to schedule, on budget, and in line with quality requirements.” Construction project manager and authorized signatory Josef Koller added: “We would like to emphasize the smooth and collaborative partnership with our general contractor, construction company Rieder Bau, as well as the authorities involved.” Many of the external partners are from the surrounding area. “As a result, a lot of the value created will remain in the region,” Koller said.
VIKING GmbH, which has its registered office in Langkampfen, Austria, was renamed STIHL Tirol GmbH effective July 1, 2018. The name change took place in the framework of a brand changeover: Since 2019, all former VIKING products have been marketed under the STIHL brand. VIKING GmbH was founded in Kufstein, Austria, in 1981 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of the STIHL Group in 1992. In 2001, the company moved from Kufstein to Langkampfen. Fueled by rapid growth, the site has undergone continuous expansion since then. This extension is the fourth stage of expansion. The continually strong growth of recent years has made the Tyrol-based company one of the leading names in the garden power tool industry. With 480 employees, the company generated revenue of 381.9 million euros in 2017. As the Group’s center of excellence for ground-guided garden power tools, the STIHL plant in Tyrol manufactures products and develops them in collaboration with the STIHL parent company in Waiblingen.