STIHL Production Area in China Almost Doubled

STIHL has invested €17 million in the expansion of its Chinese manufacturing facility in Qingdao. The factory’s floor area has been increased from 22,500 to 39,000 square meters and production capacity almost doubled. Some 200 new jobs will be created by the new extension.

“Our factory here in China is an important member of STIHL’s international manufacturing network. With this extension we want to broaden our product line and considerably strengthen our presence in Asia,” said STIHL executive board chairman Dr. Bertram Kandziora at the inauguration ceremony in Qingdao. STIHL produces chainsaws, brushcutters and hedge trimmers in China for the Asian and international markets. The 5 millionth product produced by STIHL in Qingdao will come off the assembly line only one day after the inauguration ceremony. Dr. Kandziora stressed: “The quality of our products in China is first class and at the same high level as the quality at all other STIHL plants.”

Today, 711 men and women work at the Qingdao plant. A total of nearly 3,000 people are employed at all of STIHL’s Chinese plants.

The three sections of the new building, comprising production, supply/disposal center and the enlarged canteen, have been designed on ecological lines. All indoor areas are heated and air conditioned with geothermally heated or cooled water. Heat recovery from spent air is integrated in the central building management system. Even the heating of process water is a constituent part of the system. The extension to the plant was was opened at an official ceremony yesterday.

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Quiet giant for the larger lawn

Robot mower convinces with short charging time. The new, large robot mower from WOLF-Garten is the ideal helper for areas of grass up to 3000 square metres in size.

After one and a half hours of use it requires only 2 hours to recharge and be fully functional. This makes multiple cycles possible in the same day. The Robo Scooter 3000 from WOLF-Garten glides softly and quietly over the sprawling lawn. It has up to about 3000 square metres in front of it, one and a half hours without a rest. Then the robot mower docks into the charging station for two hours and the 26 Volt lithium ion battery “is fully charged”. The blades manage a cutting width of 56 cm and are powered by two 150 Watt motors. With a measured noise level of 66 and guaranteed 68 decibel, the strong helper is very quiet. It weighs a mere 19 kilos including batteries. The two powerful engines provide a clean cut, even in long grass. The cutting height can be set between 20 and 80 mm. The mulch system processes the cuttings, leaving a lush green. Thanks to the floating deck and the floating blade protection skirt, the Robo Scooter 3000 is able to cut along the edge of the grass and leaves perfectly clean borders. Naturally, the boundary wire is included in the scope of delivery, as is the charging station. With the help of the illuminated graphic LCD display panel, the mowing times for multiple daily cycles are easy to programme.

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