Students Get Sneak Peak Of New STIHL Products

Sat, 2001-03-03 00:00

A group of lucky college students were given the opportunity to get their hands on some of the latest chainsaws and other garden power tools, some of which won’t be available to buy until January 2012.

Arboriculture and horticulture students at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus, in Durham, were given an exclusive demonstration of the new products by Simon Wilkinson, Application Specialist at STIHL - a brand known round the world which has operations in more than 160 countries and is the world's leading chain saw brand.

Dave Scott, Horticulture Lecturer, remarked: “We were thrilled when STIHL agreed to demonstrate their very latest equipment to our students. The College and STIHL have built up a tremendous working relationship over the past five or so years.”

STIHL operates a College Support Package where various units of machinery are loaned to the College so that students can gain experience of using and maintaining the latest equipment used in the ‘real’ world of work.

Steve Greenup, STIHL Area Manager for Durham and Tyne & Wear, said: “The relationship we have with the College is very important to us and we are delighted to help with the development of the next crop of professionals looking to join the industry.

“The new STIHL products are leading the way in environmentally-friendly technologies - with their ‘green’ low emission petrol engines and new high efficiency Li-Ion battery motors.”

Horticulture student Nathan Ayre, aged 17 from Pelton Chester-le-Street, added: “The new machines feel great to work with and I can’t wait for when the College takes delivery of some of this great new kit.”