Founding of STILL:

At just 22 years old and with only two employees by his side, Hans Still sets up his own business repairing electric motors on Spaldingstraße in Hamburg. Swift service, reliability and high quality constitute the three main principles of his company philosophy. It is not long before he starts to develop his own products, such as the 'Matador light station\' and small portable generators. After just 17 years in business, Hans Still has 500 employees.

Début at the Leipzig Trade Fair:

STILL establishes itself as a permanent fixture on the global markets right from the outset. In 1924, after just four years in business, STILL makes its début at the Leipzig Trade Fair, show­casing its light stations and electric motors.

First ‘talkie’ in cinemas:

The film ‘Don Juan’ revolutionises the enter­tainment industry, ending the careers of pure silent film stars.

First transpacific flight:

Two Australians in a Fokker plane take on the daring challenge of crossing from Oakland (USA) to Brisbane (Australia) and land safe and sound. The flight lasts 83 hours.

Max Schmeling becomes heavy­weight champion of the world:

He beats Jack Sharkey and remains world champion for two years. The fight is the second largest sports event to be broad­cast live on the radio.

Relocation to Billbrook:

Hans Still moves his rapidly expanding company to new premises located between two parallel streets – Liebigstraße and Berzeliusstraße – in the Hamburg district of Billbrook. The STILL head office is still there to this day.

The Queen Bee – the mother of all drones:

The unmanned, radio-controlled aircraft is launched from a British cruiser with a catapult. These days, drones are a firm fixture in the logistics industry, where they are used for carrying out inven­tories, for example.

The company’s first ever staff outings

and joint Christmas party are held – a tradition which still exists to this day at STILL.

Bonus scheme for suggestions for improvements:

Hans Still introduces a bonus scheme for suggestions for improve­ments from employees. The company’s founder is a firm believer in the idea that employees help ensure a company’s success.

Maiden flight of the Dornier Do X:

The largest flying boat of its time marks the start of modern transport logistics in aviation.

Team effort:

STILL’s various company sports teams continue to be an integral part of its corporate culture to this day.

Discovery of nuclear fission:

Together with Fritz Straßmann, Otto Hahn discovers nuclear fission (splitting of the atom) at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin.

Nothilfe Hans Still e. V. (Hans Still Emergency Aid Association):

Solidarity and pro-active provision of aid for employees who find themselves in hardship are an important part of the corporate culture for Hans Still. He therefore sets up the company’s own aid organi­sation, which still exists to this day.

Inauguration of the STILL company library:

Hans Still is particularly keen to ensure that his employees can access information and educational materials. Dr Friedrich Jungheinrich joins STILL in the same year and takes over management of device construction and standardisation.

Invention of Teflon® material:

US American Roy Plunkett applies for and obtains the US patent for the invention of Teflon® coating.

Invention of the Z3 electro­mechanical computer:

German engineer Konrad Ernst Otto Zuse unveils his Z3 calculating machine, the world’s original precursor to today’s computers.

Not so science fiction:

The Laws of Robotics introduced in Isaac Asimov’s short story entitled ‘Runaround’ still to this day constitute the rule of thumb for how robots should behave …

Occupation of first STILL company-owned accommodation:

The people behind the STILL brand pride themselves on their socially focused corporate strategy of which affordable accommodation is a major component.

New start in the post-war era:

At the start of 1945, STILL has over 1500 employees – but the post-war re­construction phase begins with barely 500 employees. Around half of the production sites lie in ruins. The repair of electric motors and transformers forms the main focus of the business.

Founding of the UN:

192 countries are now signed up as member states of this organisation dedicated to safe­guarding world peace. The UN’s permanent headquarters are in New York.

Launch of the EK 2000:

STILL continues to demonstrate its passion for inno­vation. A special development team makes a real break­through with the EK 2000 electric cart. Innovative features such as stick steering and independent suspen­sion are patented.

STILL service fleet:

STILL starts to use its own service vans. The fast and efficient fleet of service vans plays a key role in the company’s success.
Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Federal Railway) starts using STILL industrial trucks.

First supersonic flight:

American test pilot Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to break the sound barrier with his rocket-powered aircraft. Super­sonic technology revolutionises aviation and reduces the flight time from Paris to New York down to three hours.

RFID technology revolutionises logistics:

Harry Stockman unveils the basics behind RFID technology. RFID enables objects and living things to be identified and located using electro­magnetic waves which activate a transponder. At the most cutting-edge port terminal in the world in Hamburg-Altenwerder, RFID now enables the terminal to be run almost without human intervention, with transport vehicles navigating themselves.

The Deutsche Mark currency is introduced and becomes a symbol of the social market economy.

‘Raisin Bombers’ used in the Berlin airlift:

For almost an entire year, the Allied Forces supply blockaded West Berlin with food and goods using planes. The sophisti­cated logistics use the three air corridors over Berlin as ‘one-way streets’. The planes fly through the corridors at five altitude levels, meaning one plane can land every three minutes.

‘Muli-Mobil’ three-wheel tractor:

Another STILL innovation, the ‘Muli-Mobil’ three-wheel tractor encapsulates the current era and becomes the driving force behind the economic miracle for STILL. At that time STILL summarised all transport equipment (electric trucks, scooters, factory tractors and forklift trucks) under the collective term "Muli-Transport-Geräte".

EGS 1000 – STILL’s first forklift truck:

A real success story begins as STILL launches its first ever forklift truck, the EGS 1000. Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Federal Railway) is one of the first major customers, followed by many more, including the Italian and Japanese national rail companies.

First credit card in the USA:

The first credit card, Diners Club, is launched. As the name suggests, the card is initially issued for use in restaurants by club members. These days, credit cards are an essential component of inter­national payment transactions.

‘STILL throughout the world’

– this is the headline used by the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper when the company exhibits at the Copenhagen Trade Fair. STILL finally becomes part of the German economic miracle and its logo is entered in the register of trademarks.

Company founder Hans Still and his wife tragically die in a car accident: The company now operates under the name Hans Still AG.

First internal combustion (IC) forklift truck:

STILL launches its first ever IC model, the DEGS. From the outset, the drive concept is diesel electric and so uses hybrid technology: the internal combustion engine drives a generator which produces electricity to drive the drive motor. The result is low engine revs and extremely economical operation.

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II:

The coronation of the Queen on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey is one of the world’s first international TV events.

Founding of the STILL branches in Stuttgart and Frankfurt:

One year later, the northern branch in Hamburg starts its sales activities.

First ascent of Mount Everest:

Using sophisticated supply logistics, Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa Sardar Tenzing Norgay manage to successfully ascend the Earth’s highest mountain for the first time ever.

Introduction of the container system:

On the East Coast of the USA, American shipowner Malcolm McLean uses a container as a means of transport for the first time ever. This innovative development leads to the standar­disation of global freight transport and makes ‘globalisation’ possible. The most common containers used are 20-foot and 40-foot containers.

Major fire at STILL:

A major fire at the company’s premises destroys two months’ worth of production but thank­fully does not claim any lives.
During the same year, STILL patents its very own hinged steering wheel.

STILL supports the work of Albert Schweitzer:

‘STILL throughout the world’ – including in the humanitarian field. Albert Schweitzer expresses his gratitude to the company for donating a power generator to his hospital in the rain­forest in Lambaréné (Gabon).

Pioneering driverless transport systems (DTSs):

For the first time ever, Wagner (later part of STILL) converts high and low lift industrial trucks into driverless trucks by incorpo­rating electronic components – initially with optical guidance and painted lines on the floor, then subse­quently inductively using guide wires installed in the floor.

Construction boom at STILL:

An investment programme which started in 1960 culminates in the completion of a new office building and a central power supply and heating plant. These structural changes give the company a modern facelift.

Automatic height pre-selection

and an electric forklift truck with five types of mast are launched. STILL files a patent appli­cation for its explosion protection which it developed in-house.

Maschinenfabrik Esslingen becomes part of STILL:

A new company logo visually emphasises STILL’s connection with the firm Maschinen­fabrik Esslingen following the take-over.

First person on the Moon:

The first crewed space mission to land on the Moon (Apollo 11) makes history.

Introduction of the Kanban system:

Companies in the USA and Germany start to introduce the Kanban system in order to guarantee demand-based logistics and production management. The aim is to gradually reduce stock levels and the extent to which companies’ capital is tied up.
Sweden and Finland introduce the ‘EuroCombi’, a heavy truck which can still only be used in Germany with a special permit. The truck can transport up to 60 tonnes of goods. Conventional trucks can manage a maximum of 40 tonnes.

The first ever email:

Ray Tomlinson sends a message via the ARPANET and uses the @ sign for the first time in order to differentiate between user names and computer names.

Innovative working hours model:

STILL introduces flexitime and thus puts more respon­sibility in the hands of employees.

STILL becomes part of Linde AG:

The integration of STILL into the Wiesbaden-based firm Linde AG opens up exciting new opportunities for the internatio­nalisation of the company.

‘Europa forklift trucks’ advertising campaign makes its mark:

STILL uses the story of the goddess Europa from Greek mythology to create an eye-catching advertising campaign.

The start of the internet:

The World Wide Web has its origins in a research network which has connected several univer­sities in the USA since 1969. The internet is deemed to be the greatest innovation in infor­mation logistics since the invention of printing.

Emission levels of STILL trucks pass the California Test:

The designers at STILL work hard to develop low-emission internal combustion trucks to ensure that the strict require­ments of the California Test can be met.

New company logo with staying power:

As part of the company’s name change to STILL GmbH, a new company logo is intro­duced which is essen­tially the one still in use today.

STILL is the name in forklift trucks:

A funny incident demonstrates that STILL epitomises forklift trucks. A young man in former Czechoslovakia sends a postcard to a ‘Mr Stapler’ in Europe (‘Stapler’ is German for ‘forklift truck’). The postcard manages to find its way to the only European with the surname ‘Stapler’. Mr Stapler, in turn, forwards the post­card to the well-known manu­facturer of forklift trucks, STILL.

First mass-produced computer:

The first ever mass-produced computer, the Apple II, is unveiled in the USA.

Launch of the free-view mast:

The free-view mast developed by STILL’s in-house team gives drivers a new outlook – and improves safety.

First use of barcodes in Germany:

Barcodes are opto-electronically legible script which can be read by a machine with the help of a scanner. Barcodes play an increa­singly important role in intra­logistics since they remove the need for product details to be recorded manually.

Kevin Keegan signs for STILL:

The eighth foreign subsidiary, STILL Materials Handling Limited, is founded in the UK. Even the former Hamburg HSV foot­baller is on hand to congra­tulate the company on the grand opening.

Breakthrough in ‘man-up’ products:

Wagner launches its new ‘person-to-goods’ concept and the EFSG-MX, a real trend­setter and precursor to today’s MX range.

World’s first hybrid:

STILL launches the world’s first hybrid industrial truck, setting new environmental sustain­ability standards in intra­logistics. Initially, the R 7 hybrid tractor is mostly used in the manoeuvring areas of various different airports.

First West German in space:

Physicist Ulf Merbold becomes the first West German to take part in a space flight on board the space shuttle ‘Columbia’.

The domain of domains:

The domain name system intro­duces the domain extensions “.de” and “.com” to the communi­cations world.

Touch me:

Hewlett Packard’s HP-150 is the first commercial computer to feature a touch­screen, paving the way for smartphones.

‘Forged ‘Hitler Diaries’:

The forged ‘Hitler Diaries’ published in the news magazine Stern trigger global outrage.

Service fleet features miniature model forklift trucks:

Almost 500 service vans are fitted with mini­ature model forklift trucks as a form of branding, designed to ensure that the STILL service fleet really stands out.

GPS navigation system revolutionises the logistics industry:

GPS stands for ‘Global Positioning System’. It uses satellites to locate objects all around the world. Today’s positioning system which is accurate to within a radius of 10 meters enables shipping companies to track their goods all around the world in real time.

The first IC forklift truck with a catalytic converter is supplied.

STILL’s revenue surpasses the billion mark for the first time ever:

French forklift truck manu­facturer SAXBY and Swedish manu­facturer Stocka are integrated into STILL and help ensure ten-figure turnover for the first time ever.

The US space probe Voyager 2

completes a flyby of Neptune and provides the first ever images from the outer boundary of our solar system.

Company logo is redesigned:

The logo consists of a stylised fork­lift truck and the STILL lettering.

STILL expands into Eastern Europe:

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the opening up of the former Eastern Bloc provide STILL with new oppor­tunities to expand. It opens a sales office in Leipzig in 1990, and esta­blishes a number of STILL subsi­diaries one after the other in quick succession: in Hungary in 1992, in the Czech Republic in 1993, and in Poland in 1995.

Launch of the R 20 electric forklift truck:

The R 20 is the culmination of almost 50 years of deve­lopment work at STILL. It becomes the number one choice wherever zero emissions and energy efficiency are the top priorities.

Berlin becomes the seat of the German government:

Following a heated debate lasting more than 10 hours, the members of the German Bundestag in Bonn vote by 338 to 320 in favour of relocating the seat of government to Berlin.