Official opening takes place

STIHL GB held the grand opening of its new, purpose-built head office and state-of-the-art distribution centre named Contra House last Thursday (April 25th 2024), saying it ushers in "a new chapter of innovation and service excellence for the business". 

Dr. Nikolas Stihl, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the STIHL Group, presided over the opening ceremony, marking a significant milestone in the company's long history. Named Contra House in homage to the iconic Contra chainsaw invented by founder Andreas Stihl, the company says this 11,500m2 facility reflects their dedication to providing unparalleled support to its dealers and end users.

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L-R: Kay Green, managing director of STIHL GB; Dr. Nikolas Stihl, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the STIHL Group; Sarah Gewert, executive board member for marketing and sales; Councillor Pat Tedder, Mayor of Surrey Heath 

Home to more than 100 staff, the company says Contra House is designed to enhance operational efficiency, customer service, and employee well-being. The new site features dealer training facilities and a studio, collaborative workspaces, an on-site restaurant, and a fully-fitted technical workshop, ensuring support for the company's 700-strong Approved Dealer network. 

At the heart of the operation lies the 9,000m2 distribution centre, which boasts next-generation picking and storage systems. STIHL say this consolidation of logistics onto one site enables them to streamline operations, resulting in a speedier and more efficient delivery service.

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Kay Green, managing director of STIHL GB, said, "The unveiling of Contra House symbolises a significant step forward in our commitment to product innovation and providing exceptional service to our customers and dealer network. We are thrilled to unveil the new facility, which not only embodies our rich heritage but also stands as a testament to our vision for the future.”

The company boast that Contra House also has a "dedication to sustainability". The facility has achieved BREEAM Certification, with features such as photovoltaic solar panels covering two-thirds of its roof area and 21 electric vehicle charging points.

The official opening event, attended by more than 150 guests, also outlined the company's partnership with Perennial, the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people in horticulture. The STIHL team will volunteer in a wide range of fundraising activities to help the charity provide free and confidential advice, information and support to people working in, or retired from, horticulture and their families.

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