1990 - 1999

Company history

1990: Founding of STIHL Italy and Japan
1990: Founding of STIHL Italy and Japan
Italy is the tenth European country where STIHL establishes a sales company. It is founded in Milan in cooperation with Defries, which has been connected to STIHL as the first foreign importer since 1932. The first sales company in Asia, Kabushiki Kaisha STIHL, is founded in Japan.
1991: Founding of STIHL Hungary
1991: Founding of STIHL Hungary
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, ANDREAS STIHL Kereskedelmi Kft. commences operation as STIHL’s first own sales company in a former Warsaw Pact country.
1992: VIKING / The third generation joins the ranks
1992: VIKING / The third generation joins the ranks
Since 1 July 1992, STIHL has held 100 per cent of the shares in the Austrian gardening implement manufacturer VIKING. The third generation – Dr Nikolas Stihl, the sone of Hans Peter Stihl – joins the company that same year.
1993: Founding of STIHL Poland and Czech Republic
1993: Founding of STIHL Poland and Czech Republic
STIHL expands its international sales organisation by opening new sales companies in the Czech Republic and Poland, where Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka attends the grand opening.
1995: Founding of STIHL HOLDING KG
1995: Founding of STIHL HOLDING KG
ANDREAS STIHL in Waiblingen, STIHL KG in Dieburg and STIHL & Co. in Wil (Switzerland) are combined under a new holding company. With STIHL HOLDING KG, the children of company founder Andreas Stihl provide the family company with a future-ready framework for the future of the next generation.
1995: News in the Middle Kingdom and Mexico
1995: News in the Middle Kingdom and Mexico
Taicang ANDREAS STIHL Powertools Co. Ltd., a production company in the People’s Republic of China, rounds out the international production network. The sales company ANDREAS STIHL Ltd. is founded in Hong Kong. STIHL takes control of sales in Latin America’s largest economy as well.
1996: Andreas Stihl turns 100, STIHL turns 70
1996: Andreas Stihl turns 100, STIHL turns 70
STIHL celebrates ist 70th anniversary and the 100th birthday of company founder Andreas Stihl. A street party for the employees is held at the Plant 1 site in Waiblingen.
1996: STIHL Vertriebs AG Switzerland and STIHL in Africa
1996: STIHL Vertriebs AG Switzerland and STIHL in Africa
In Mönchaltorf (Zurich), STIHL takes over its importer and founds its own sales company near company founder Andreas Stihl’s birthplace. By founding a company in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, STIHL is finally represented with its own branches on all continents.
1997: STIHL ensures job security in Germany
1997: STIHL ensures job security in Germany
The Executive Board and Group Employee Council sign the company’s first job and location security agreement on 21 February 1997. In doing so, STIHL helps ensure job security in Germany.
1997: Founding of STIHL Romania
1997: Founding of STIHL Romania
The starting shot for STIHL’s own sales company in south-eastern Europe is fired in May. Robert Mayr, husband of owner Eva Mayr-Stihl, opens the branch.
1997: STIHL AG
1997: STIHL AG
Reorganisation of the company structure: The partners of STIHL HOLDING KG found the public limited corporation STIHL AG. Its 12-member Supervisory Board is made up of an equal number of shareholders and employee representatives. The holding company becomes STIHL Holding AG & Co. KG.
1998: STIHL keeps expanding
1998: STIHL keeps expanding
STIHL founds new sales offices in Argentina, Greece and Portugal. As a result, the number of foreign production and sales companies increases to 25.

Product history

1990: Compact chainsaws
1990: Compact chainsaws
The 021 and 023 hobby saws have nearly all the features of STIHL professional saws: anti-vibration system, QuickStop chain brake, automatic chain lubrication, electronic ignition system, lateral chain tensioner.
1991: ElastoStart starter handle
1991: ElastoStart starter handle
Starting chainsaws and motorised equipment becomes much easier with the damper element integrated into the ElastoStart starter handle, which absorbs the abrupt force peaks that occur when pulling the starter cord.
1992: BR 320 L blower
1992: BR 320 L blower
With the BR 320 L that is worn like a backpack, STIHL introduces a quieter blower developed especially for use in noise-sensitive environments, such as health resorts. The “air broom” clears large areas of leaves and debris quickly and economically.
1993: High-pressure washer, wet and dry vacuum
1993: High-pressure washer, wet and dry vacuum
STIHL rounds out its product range with high-pressure washers as well as wet and dry vacuums. The products include cold- and hot-water washers in the hobby, mid-range and professional categories. Devices for professional as well as home use are offered in the wet and dry vacuum product segment as well.
1994: 020 T speciality saw
1994: 020 T speciality saw
The speciality tree care saw is handy and can be guided with precision. It was developed especially for use by arborists and others while working in trees.
1994: Quick chain tensioner for chainsaws
1994: Quick chain tensioner for chainsaws
A saw chain lengthens with use and has to be tightened from time to time. Thanks to a hand wheel, the quick chain tensioner makes this possible without the use of tools. This convenient feature is first offered on the compact 023 C saw and later also on the 026 C professional chainsaw.
1995: 023 L – the world’s quietest petrol-powered chainsaw
1995: 023 L – the world’s quietest petrol-powered chainsaw
With the 023 L, STIHL presents the world’s quietest petrol-powered chainsaw. It earns the ecolabel "Blue Angel", as does the E 14 C electric saw.
1995: QuickStop Super chain brake for chainsaws
1995: QuickStop Super chain brake for chainsaws
With the QuickStop Super chain brake first presented on the 036 C, the stop function is not only activated by a sufficiently powerful kickback of the chainsaw or manually using the front hand guard, but also when the rear handle is released. It stops the saw chain in a fraction of a second.
1996: HT 75 high-level branch trimmer and HL 75 hedge trimmer
1996: HT 75 high-level branch trimmer and HL 75 hedge trimmer
Gardening and landscaping equipment with a long reach makes tree care and hedge trimming possible while standing safely on the ground.
1997: The new electric saws
1997: The new electric saws
The new E 140, E 160 and E 180 C electric chainsaws with quick chain tensioner meet the highest standards, even in professional use, and are particularly environmentally friendly. They receive first prize for safety, ergonomics and ecology at the international trade fair for agricultural technology in Zaragoza, Spain.
1998: Tank caps with no need for tools
1998: Tank caps with no need for tools
New special fuel and chain-oil tank caps, which are used for the first time on the 029 and 039 chainsaws, can be opened and closed without the use of tools.

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