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Construction starts at new STIHL production facility in Romania

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Ground was broken for a new STIHL plant in Oradea, Romania, on March 27, 2024. The new site will be home to a new battery production facility and marks a significant milestone in the growth strategy of the German family business. The international manufacturing network, which features production operations spread across seven countries on four continents, is expanding to include another key location in Europe.

Another STIHL production facility is being built on the approximately 147,000 square meter construction site in Oradea, Romania, which is scheduled to go into operation in September 2025.
Another STIHL production facility is being built on the approximately 147,000 square meter construction site in Oradea, Romania, which is scheduled to go into operation in September 2025.

The production facility has a floor space of almost 47,000 square meters and is being built on an site measuring 147,000 square meters. Regular production is set to start in September 2025. The  ANDREAS STIHL POWER TOOLS S.R.L. plant in Oradea is expected to employ around 700 people by 2028.

“We currently manufacture cordless products at our plants in Langkampfen, Austria; in Virginia Beach, in the U.S.; as well as in China and Germany,” said Dr. Nikolas Stihl, Chairman of the Advisory Board and Supervisory Board at STIHL, during the official groundbreaking ceremony. “We will also start manufacturing battery-operated tools at our German headquarters in Waiblingen this year and in Oradea starting in 2025, significantly improving our competitiveness in the battery segment in the process.”

Project with positive effects beyond the local region

Florin Spătaru, State Counsellor and therefore a close associate of Romanian Prime Minister Ion-Marcel Ciolacu, expressed his appreciation for STIHL’s investment in Oradea and emphasized the importance of the project for the economic development of the entire country: “STIHL’s decision to build a new battery production facility right here will not only boost economic growth in this region, but also help to strengthen our position as a production location in the global market.”

Oradea's Mayor Florin Birta focused in his speech on the positive effects of the relocation of a global company like STIHL on the local economy and the labor market: “The company’s decision to invest in Oradea is a strong signal of the attractiveness of our region.”

 

Constructed as a sustainable plant

Great importance has been attached to sustainability and environmental protection in planning and constructing the new plant. Once completed, the facility will be certified by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The plant features a photovoltaic system and uses geothermal energy to heat and cool the office building, meaning that the site is completely independent from fossil fuels. The concept also provides for the targeted use of green roofs. 

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The STIHL Group develops, manufactures, and distributes power tools for professional forestry and agriculture as well as for garden and landscape maintenance, the construction sector and private garden owners. The product range is complemented by digital solutions and services. Products are distributed through authorized dealers and STIHL’s own online-shops, which will be expanded internationally over the next few years – including 42 sales and marketing subsidiaries, about 120 importers and more than 55,000 servicing dealers in over 160 countries. STIHL produces in own plants in seven countries: Germany, USA, Brazil, Switzerland, Austria, China and in the Philippines. Since 1971 STIHL has been the world’s top-selling chainsaw brand. The company was founded in 1926 and is based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart. In 2022, STIHL achieved a worldwide sales volume of 5.49 billion euros with a workforce of 20,552.

This press release and pictures are available for downloading from the STIHL website at

https://corporate.stihl.com/en/press.

Your contact for daily and business press:

ANDREAS STIHL AG & CO. KG

Dr. Stefan Caspari

Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations

Andreas-Stihl-Straße 4 / 71336 Waiblingen

Phone: +49 - (0) 7151/26-1402

Fax: +49 - (0) 7151/26-81402

E-Mail: stefan.caspari@stihl.de

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The ground-breaking ceremony for the STIHL battery production facility in Oradea was attended by: (back from left) Mihai Jurca, City Manager of Oradea, Florin Birta, Mayor of Oradea, Noemi Straub, Head of Finance, Human Resources Legal and IT at ANDREAS STIHL POWER TOOLS S.R.L. Romania, Alina Silaghi, General Director ADLO, Dr. Robert Feulner, Managing Director ANDREAS STIHL POWER TOOLS S.R.L. Romania, Hubert Kieweg, STIHL Facility Planning, Attila Puskás, Contracting Director Kész Romania. (front from left) Martin Schwarz, STIHL Executive Board Member Manufacturing and Materials, Dr. Michael Prochaska, STIHL Executive Board Member Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Michael Traub, STIHL Chairman of the Executive Board, Dr. Nikolas Stihl, Chairman of the STIHL Advisory Board, Florin Spătaru, State Counsellor on behalf of the Prime Minister of Romania, Dr. Peer Gebauer, German Ambassador to Romania, Ilie Bolojan, President of the Bihor County Council with the county town of Oradea, Sebastian Metz, President of AHK Romania.
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Symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for a new battery production facility in Romania: (from left) Michael Traub, STIHL Executive Board Chairman, Alina Silaghi, General Director ADLO, Florin Birta, Mayor of Oradea City, Dr. Nikolas Stihl, Chairman of the STIHL Advisory Board, Martin Schwarz, STIHL Executive Board Member Manufacturing und (and) Materials, Dr. Michael Prochaska, STIHL Executive Board Member Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Dr. Robert Feulner, Managing Director ANDREAS STIHL POWER TOOLS S.R.L. Romania, Noemi Straub, Vice President Finance, Legal & IT, Administrator ANDREAS STIHL POWER TOOLS S.R.L. Romania and Attila Puskás, Contracting Director Kész Romania.

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