Waiblingen, 7/29/2023 | Company press release

STIHL honors best suppliers in 2022 and recognizes sustainability suppliers for the first time

Out of all its suppliers worldwide, STIHL has honored five companies with the 2022 Supplier of the Year award. In addition, two firms have been named 2022 Sustainability Suppliers of the Year, an accolade that was presented for the first time. The winners were crowned on June 28, 2023, at the STIHL Brand World in Waiblingen, which will be officially opened in July.  

Every year since 1990, STIHL has been honoring the best suppliers for their outstanding performance in terms of quality, technology, innovation, service, and price/performance ratio. In her speech at the awards event, Anke Kleinschmit, STIHL Executive Board Member for Development, emphasized that the success of the family-owned business is built on reliable partnerships. “Despite difficult framework conditions, our joint efforts have enabled us to minimize how much globally disrupted supply chains impact our production, and to meet the high demand for our products to the greatest extent possible. This success is also down to our suppliers, who support us in challenging times with their service, reliability, and commitment, and make us optimistic about the future,” said Anke Kleinschmit.   

STIHL has been awarding the “Supplier of the Year” award since 1990. So far, 117 suppliers have been honored, and some of these have already been awarded multiple times. 

This year, two awards were also given in the special “Sustainability” category for the first time. With this award, STIHL seeks to honor companies that show particular commitment in the area of sustainability, which is a key component in the STIHL supply chain. When it comes to responsible work and business practices, environmental protection, and transparency, the company expects its suppliers to meet the same high standard that STIHL sets for itself. Anke Kleinschmit: “Sustainability may be a challenge for companies – but it is also always an opportunity for a better future. That’s why we are delighted that many of our suppliers consider ecological and social commitment to be part of their identity.” 

The five winning suppliers for 2022 are: 

  • Dätwyler Schweiz AG (Schattdorf, Switzerland)
    Manufacturer of elastomer components
  • Infineon Technologies AG (Neubiberg, Germany)
    Provider of semiconductor solutions for power systems and the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Kaltband AG (Reinach, Switzerland)
    Producer of cold-rolled strip steel
  • LANXESS Performance Materials GmbH (Cologne, Germany)
    Manufacturer of high-performance plastics
  • ODW-ELEKTRIK GmbH (Steinau an der Straße, Germany)
    Producer of cable harnesses, solenoid coils, and mechatronic systems

The two 2022 Sustainability Suppliers of the Year are:  

  • Eirenschmalz Maschinenbaumechanik und Metallbau GmbH (Schwabsoien, Germany)
    Manufacturer of precision parts and entire assemblies 
  • EJOT SE & Co. KG (Bad Berleburg, Germany)
    Producer of connection and fastening technology

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