Langkampfen, September, 2007

Official Opening of Construction Phase II

Expansion ensures VIKING's continued growth

After only one year of building, construction phase II of the VIKING home office is complete. On 20 September 2007, part of the workforce relocated to the new building. The extension provides additional space for 20 administrative and 40 production employees. The total effective area was extended from approximately 7,000 m² to 20,000 m² effective area and the total area was increased to 63,000 m². In his speech, Dr. Nikolas Stihl, Managing Director, VIKING expressed his pleasure in the full order books that made the tremendous expansion in the last years necessary. "Our premium strategy is the secret to our success and we continue to assert our claim to combine the highest quality with the best design." In the founding year 1981, 30 employees produced a turnover of 1.1 million euros and, from there, things really took off. Today the total revenue is around 86 million euros (2006). With the purchase of the land surrounding the VIKING plant, nothing more stands in the way of further expansion of VIKING GmbH.

"The expansion of VIKING, Austria brought with it constant new demands on the location in the last 26 years. With the broadening of the product range and the continually increasing sales figures, the number of employees also grew: in the last five years alone, around one third to almost 200 employees. In addition, state-of-the art rooms for new test processes and new technological development were created", reports Dr. Stihl, who provided room for growth for approximately 60 new employees in the new "VIKING House" and who clearly embraces the further development of the VIKING premium strategy.