ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG will be investing some EUR 54 million in its Waiblingen founding company. This investment project will create a group of buildings which, apart from a complete makeover of the existing administration building at Plant 1 (Badstrasse), includes the new STIHL brand world. STIHL executive board chairman Dr. Bertram Kandziora pointed out: "STIHL is a global player but, now as ever, our roots are very much in Waiblingen. This investment not only underscores our commitment to Germany as a business location, but also to the brand." Construction work at Plant 1 is to begin in mid-2018. Completion is scheduled for 2020. In the period between 2016 and 2019 the family-owned company will be investing EUR 300 million in the German founding company's facilities, i.e. the seven factories of ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG.
Reconstruction of head office and lighthouse project "STIHL brand world"
Part of the project is a complete renewal and partial reconstruction of the head office. This entails new external cladding and technical facilities as well as new work areas, offices, conference and project rooms. "With this project we want to provide our staff with modern offices and further optimized communications", says Dr. Kandziora. In the brand world phase of building, a new complex of buildings will be created that blends in with the administration building. "The brand world will be on three levels and allow visitors to experience the STIHL brand in a unique way. We will thus create an inside and outside lighthouse project", explained the executive board chairman. Covering a floor area almost 5,000 square meters, a STIHL brand world will be built which incorporates many different elements – such as a product exhibition, a product demonstration area, a museum with the history of the company and brand, as well as a café.
Temporary arrangements for staff
About 220 men and women work in the administration building and adjacent buildings that will be affected by the construction projects. They will be provided with temporary office space and workplaces at Plant 2 in Waiblingen during the construction work and up to its scheduled completion in 2020.