The company Stiga has its roots in the firm Fabriksprodukter, founded on the 6th of March 1934. With only 4000 Swedish kronor which the at this time 23 years old Stig Hjelmquist lent at the bank of Tranâs he started a company, which should made 5 milliards Swedish kronor sales in 2009. The firm´s philosophy based on the two pillars up-to-date, top-quality design products and publicity, that is superior to the competition. The first products were for the table tennis sport and were brought to market in 1938. In this time the company name Stigma arose.
In the year 1941 bullets were produced temporary. Three years later the table tennis products were already produced under their own business management. To it belonged tables, fastening systems, nets, bats and balls. Some years later Stigma started a cooperation with the Swedish table tennis organisation. The consequence was, that this sport was supported in Sweden and the Swedish table tennis players could achieve first successes.
1949 the company was renamed as Stiga at last. In 1954 Stig Hjelmquist started to import the first power lawn mowers with horizontal rotating blades from the USA. This was the beginning of the product line garden machines, which should become Stigas most successful. At the end of the 50s the first ride-on lawnmowers were sold already.
1957 the product offering was extended further and the first table hockey game was brought to market.
1964 the first lawn mowers of own production followed. They produced 400 machines daily and yet in the same year the first battery-driven lawn mowers came from the assembly line.
At the beginning of the 70s Stiga expanded abroad to Europe and founded establishments in Helsinki and London. 1974 the Park 2000 was brought to market. This ride-on lawnmower was the first of its kind, had a front mower and revolutionised the grass cut in Scandinavia. Two years later at the 4th of June a new 18.000 m² large Stiga - plant with a total area of 34.000 m² was committed to its determination. It should remain the biggest Northern European factory for engine-driven lawn mowers for a long time.
1978 Stig Hjelmquist withdrew from the management with 67 years. 1981 a restructuring of the company followed with the divisions garden, sports and guns.
Two years later the table tennis branch was sold, to concentrate on the successful production of garden machines. 1985 the Multiclip - mulching technique was used at a lawn mower for the first time. With this system the grass was finely chopped and ejected as dung, what saved time and money. Meanwhile, different companies were bought out and further sales outlets were opened. The consequence was that Stiga became the biggest lawn mower producer of Europe till 1986.
Two years later on the occasion of the inauguration of the extended office premises the first remote-controlled lawn mower was introduced, which also did the cutting of the ribbon. 1990 the awareness level of the brand Stiga was such high, that referred to a TEMO-survey 96 per cent of the interviewees knew the company. Four years later on the occasion of the 60years-jubilee of the firm the worlds first battery-driven ride-on lawnmower was brought to market. 1995 some lawn mowers were even priced with the SCHWAN, an award of the Northern Council for the keeping of some environmental criteria in matters of basic material, production and function. 1997 the lawn mower producer was already present in about 40 countries, for example in New Zealand, Eastern Europe, North- and South America. Two years later a completely new generation of the successful Park-models were introduced.
In the year 2000 the firm merged with some other companies to the GGP-group (Global Garden Products). Beneath were the lawn mower producer Castelgarden SpA, the chain saws and brushcutter producer Alpina Professional & Garden from Italy and the lawn mower brand Mountfield from England. The name Stiga was kept as trademark.
Under this Name the 4WD with hydraulic four-wheel drive was brought to market in 2004. 2007 Stiga introduced with the Titan a multi-purpose machine for use in the commercial sector. In the same year GGP bought out the company Billy Goat, which produced machines for waste removal. At this time there were about 320 employees hired in the main plant and 1300 staff in the whole GGP-group.
2012 the new Autoclip - program with robot controlled lawn mowers and an upgraded version of the Titan were brought to market. 2013 Stiga won the „Red Dot Award, Product Design 2013“ with its Villa 320/520 HST. One year later the company celebrated its 80th birthday with four jubilee-models. 2015 Stiga introduced a new program of 48-V-battery-products. A new Park Pro and the Muliclip 47 were also launched.

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