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 ascen