The history of STIHL Tirol

You can find out more about the history of STIHL Tirol in the following timeline, which takes you from the founding in 1981, past the most important developmental steps to the company's current milestones.

1981

The company was founded as VIKING Umwelttechnik under managing director Mag. Heinrich Lechner in Kufstein, Austria. Start of production: 1982, first product: garden shredder

Mag. Heinrich Lechner
1984


In 1984, the company successfully began development of its own line of lawn mowers.

The company began development of its own line of lawn mowers.
1992



The entire range of garden tools was renewed after joining the STIHL Group.

Complete renewal of the range of garden tools after the company joined the STIHL Group.
1993


Dr. Nikolas Stihl, grandson of the STIHL founder, became the managing director of the company.

Dr. Nikolas Stihl
2001


In 2001, the company moved from Kufstein to Langkampfen and became a centre of excellence for gardening tools within the STIHL Group.

A new centre of excellence for gardening tools was opened in Langkampfen.
2007


Expansion continued – construction stage II of the company headquarters was completed on an area of approximately 7,000 m².

Expansion continued – construction phase II of the company headquarters was completed.
2011


Dr. Nikolas Stihl moved to the Executive Board of the STIHL Headquarter in Waiblingen, Germany. Dr. Peter Pretzsch assumed as managing director.

Dr. Nikolas Stihl moved to the Executive Board of the parent company in Waiblingen (Germany). Dr. Peter Pretzsch assumed the position of managing director.
2012


In 2012, construction stage III was completed, providing an additional 16,600 m² of usable floor space.

Opening of the extension (construction phase III). Additional usable floor space of 16,600 square metres.
2015


The Norwegian Pekka Lundefaret set a new world record by reaching a speed of 215 km/h in a converted T6 Series VIKING lawn tractor.

The Norwegian Pekka Lundefaret set a new world record for lawn mowers by reaching a speed of 215 km/h in a converted T6 Series VIKING lawn tractor with 408 horsepower.
2017


STIHL integrates VIKING and focuses on a single brand from 2019. The entire product range will be switched from VIKING green to STIHL orange.

STIHL integrated VIKING with a focus on a single brand from 2019 onwards: STIHL.
2018

Clemens Schaller took on the position of managing director from Peter Pretzsch in May. VIKING GmbH became STIHL Tirol GmbH. By the end of 2018, the brand migration was complete.

Clemens Schaller
2019


In 2019, construction stage IV was completed and opened with a usable floor space of ​​20,000 m² - the largest extension of STIHL Tirol to date.

Construction phase IV was opened with a usable floor space of 20,000 m² (the largest extension of STIHL Tirol to date).


STIHL Tirol opened its own plastics manufacturing facility on an area of ​​3,500 m². This represented an investment of 19 million euros.