When the first IBM computer was introduced in 1970 no one could have foreseen how great would be the impact of computer technology on industry and society. But the new technology offered new possibilities and at a company like STILL, which itself offered new ideas, the door was always kept open to new possibilities.
Still makes use of technical advances wherever this seems sensible. Thus in parallel with computers, the first fully automatic machines were installed in production. In the organisation of working time STILL is also trying out new concepts: By introducing flexi-time in 1972 STILL offered its employees more individual freedom to make decisions and more personal accountability.
But STILL did not simply make use of progress but also actively drove it forward. With innovative products, new standards were being set for the industrial truck industry. This began shortly after the decision to build trucks with the single wheel suspension, patented in 1948, and certainly didn't end in 1983 with the world's first hybrid drive industrial truck - the innovative power of STILL continues to the present day.
In the seventies STILL gave a further example of its innovative strengths: the "clear-view mast." Scientific investigations have shown that this new development has considerably improved the safety and ease of operation of forklift trucks.
The design and development engineers at STILL also work intensively on solutions to protect the environment. Since 1974 the exhaust emissions from engine-powered trucks have been reduced so much that the strict requirements of the so-called three stage California test have been met.
STILL's progress was never an end in itself. The benefits for the customer will always be at the forefront. This basic principle has been rewarded and has led to further growth. In 1979 the number of employees had risen to around 2500.