STIHL PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR SUBSIDIARY IN SOUTH AFRICA
As a family-owned company, the protection and safety of Stihl’s employees is its top priority, according to Dr Nikolas Stihl, chairman of the STIHL advisory and supervisory board. He says they were shocked and appalled by the images coming out of South Africa, showing parts of the country that were affected by severe rioting, violence and looting. Stihl’s South African subsidiary ANDREAS STIHL Ltd. in Pietermaritzburg was affected but they are pleased that all employees and their families were unharmed.
According to the latest information, however, the subsidiary’s warehouse was completely destroyed and its office building severely damaged as a result of the unrest and looting. STIHL headquarters in Germany has set up a crisis team to organise measures for the protection and well-being of the subsidiary’s roughly 40 employees, in cooperation with Hayden Hutton, MD of STIHL South Africa.
Dr Nikolas Stihl ensures that the subsidiary in South Africa will continue to exist going forward, and that no employees will lose their jobs due to this situation. On the contrary, he says, STIHL South Africa will be rebuilt with the expertise and dedication of their staff. This will ensure that customers can continue to buy and use STIHL products in the future. The STIHL subsidiary in South Africa supplies local dealers with products and the company has also pledged to help dealers. Right now, it is working on ways to supply dealers with its products in the short to medium term. Containers are being shipped to the country, with plans in place to also send equipment to South Africa by air.
The STIHL Group develops, manufactures and distributes outdoor power equipment for forestry, agriculture, landscaping, construction, and discerning consumers. Products are sold to end users through authorised servicing dealers and STIHL’s online shops, which are set to be expanded internationally over the next few years.
The company was founded in 1926 and is based in Germany.