World market leader

On Friday, September 13, 2019, RWTH and the City of Aachen will award Hans Peter Stihl the Aachen Engineering Award in honour of his lifework in a special ceremony at Aachen City Hall.

Born in Baden-Württemberg, Hans-Peter Stihl, together with his sister Eva Mayr-Stihl and his brother Dr. Rüdiger Stihl, built the family business STIHL into the world market leader for power saws. Today, the company boasts more than 17,000 employees. “We are honouring Hans Peter Stihl for his entrepreneurial life’s work, which combines the power of innovation in engineering with economic success and long-term social commitment. He has thus added considerable impetus to technology, economy, and society,” explains Professor Ulrich Rüdiger, Rector of the RWTH Aachen University.
By the way, the “grand seigneur” still insists on carrying out product tests on almost all of STIHL’s innovations today.

Aachen Engineering Award
The Aachen Engineering Award is presented jointly by RWTH and the City of Aachen thanks to the kind support of VDI, who sponsor the prize. It is awarded to a prominent person whose work has significantly contributed to a positive perception or the further development of engineering. “With their developments, engineers expand our possibilities and scope for action,” says Aachen’s Lord Mayor Marcel Philipp. This applies not only to the private sector, but also to the economy. “They make Germany, and especially the Aachen region, a highly sought-after innovation hub.” It is therefore particularly fitting to award a prize for outstanding engineering achievements in Aachen.