Surprised to hear that one of the longest-standing and most highly respected motorsport brands started out as a window fittings manufacturer?! Welcome to the wonderful world of Bilstein!
In the cut and thrust world of motorsport – and particularly during these trying economic times – it’s a genuine achievement for any company to get a decade of sustainable trading under its corporate belt. With that in mind, the fact that suspension manufacturer, Bilstein, has remained at the top of its game for 143 years tells us a lot about the people and the products behind the iconic German brand.
Bilstein was created by its eponymous founder, August Bilstein, in Germany’s Westphalia region back in 1873. Nobody could have guessed that the company’s products would performance VaUXHaLL one day have such a critical influence on the driving comfort and safety of cars, primarily because it was metal window fittings (sold under the name ‘AUBI’ (an abbreviation of August’s full name)) that made the company famous both at home and abroad.
A series of technical innovations followed, and the revenues earned through patents provided a solid basis for the later successes of what was still a young company. In order to meet exacting quality demands during the preliminary design and manufacturing of its products, August established his own strip iron rolling mill in 1919. A short while later, his son, Hans,