STIHL South Africa
STIHL in South Africa
Stihl has been a presence in South Africa since 1996, when the first STIHL subsidiary on the African continent, Andreas Stihl (Pty) Ltd, was opened in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal with Dave Hutton as General Manager.
The company cemented its roots in the country in 2002, when it invested half a million rand in Pietermaritzburg, buying land in the Campsdrift area where a new warehouse and office block were established and opened by Mr Hans Peter Stihl.
Today, STIHL (pronounced ‘steel') is distributed across the country through a network of specialist dealers who advise customers on STIHL products and appropriate applications, and provide expert after-sales service. All STIHL products are imported to South Africa.
The company in South Africa is managed by Hayden Hutton (General Manager), an authority on the chainsaw and power tool business.
The STIHL company was founded in Germany in the 1920s by engineer Andreas Stihl, who developed a revolutionary engine-driven two-man saw. Today, the company has developed over 1800 patents through its extensive research and development laboratories. STIHL is the world's largest-selling chainsaw brand.