• Staff writer


Despite losing its head office, warehouse and entire stock holding in the unrest that recently rocked KZN, Stihl South Africa has managed to resume operations and distribution to its dealer network throughout Southern Africa.

Just seven weeks after the head office in Pietermaritzburg was ransacked and its warehouse burnt to the ground, the company has settled into new offices and continued distribution to its dealer network using a third party logistics solution based in Johannesburg.

MD of Stihl SA, Haydon Hutton, says that they are entirely focused on recovery in order to fully support their loyal customers and dealer network. Stihl headquarters in Germany has helped to ensure a swift recovery and set up a crisis team to assist the local team. During a visit to Stihl SA on 3 September, Norbert Pick, executive member of the global group, commended the company on its swift recovery and thanked employees for their contribution. He emphasised that Stihl would maintain full operations in South Africa but stressed that it was imperative for the country to ensure the safety of its people and business investments if it hoped to secure direct foreign investment going forward.


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