BILSTEIN's commitment to excellence dates back to 1873 when the company was founded to sell metal window fittings. Quickly known for it's well-crafted, high-quality products, BILSTEIN began seeing enormous success. A steady stream of profits and patent revenue provided funding for technical innovations and enabled the company to set up its own strip-iron rolling mill.
This revolutionized its nickel- and chrome-plating processes.
When BILSTEIN entered the automotive accessories industry, it was immediately popular. The company began by supplying chrome-plated bumpers for mass-produced cars, and followed this up with the production of car jacks. It was in 1954, however, that BILSTEIN began creating the products for which it is well known today. Partnering with a French researcher in the field of vibrations, BILSTEIN set about to eliminate the physical disadvantages of the conventional telescopic shock absorbers. A great deal of effort, and substantial financial investment resulted in the introduction of the first mono-tube gas pressure shock absorber in a standard production Mercedes-Benz vehicle in 1957.
Today, gas-pressure technology is now used in all types of telescope shock absorbers developed for use on powerful, luxury cars. BILSTEIN is driven by a desire to provide the best products in the business, and the company places strong focus on continuous innovation and development. Manufactured by Bilstein.