On 30th 2013 October, on a sunny autumn day with blue sky STIHL held the Phase II opening ceremony.
Dr. Ruediger Stihl, Dr. Kandziora and high-ranking representatives of the government like Mr. Liu Mingjun, Vice Mayor of Qingdao City, Mr. Wu Tiejun, the president of Qingdao Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment, Mr. Zhang Weiping, Vice Director of Hongdao Economic Area Administrative Committee, Party Committee Secretary of Qingdao Export Processing Zone, Director of Qingdao Export Processing Zone Administrative Committee, Mr. Xing Min, Vice President of China Internal Combustion Engine Industry Association and the famous designer Mr. Luigi Colani joined the event among further 100 national and international guests.
During various exciting speeches of Dr. Ruediger Stihl, Dr. Kandziora, vice mayor Liu and Mr. Michels the impressive and ongoing success of STIHL Qingdao was illustrated as a combination of high end product quality and an unrestricted engagement of Stihl's almost 720 employees.
With the sharp but powerful sound of a MS 180, a MS 250 and a MS 251 cutting timber, the inauguration followed a longtime and worldwide tradition, which is used whenever a new facility is opened. With the fading hum of the engines, the opening ceremony of STIHL's Phase II building came to a promising end and led over to an interesting factory tour. Here STIHL visitors could learn about the highly sophisticated geothermal energy as only one of various future oriented equipment, which was realized at this brand new state of the art production facility.