Components Technology

Damper

History

     
1873
Foundation of the August Bilstein GmbH company with approx. 60 employees in Ennepetal, Germany
- Production of window fittings (AUBI company)

     
1928
Series production of chrome-plated bumpers for the automobile industry
 
     
1929
Bilstein takes up the series production of carjacks
 
     
1954
Development/ series production of the first monotube gas-pressure shock absorbers acc. to the de Carbon principle

     
1956
Opening of the Mandern plant (Trier) – Start of the production of OEM shock absorbers

     
1957
First serial use of gas-pressure shock absorbers in Mercedes-Benz automobiles

     
1961
Bilstein: Entry into motor sports
 
     
1979
Series production of the Mercedes-Benz G and S classes
 
     
1988
Transition from the family-owned company and integration into the Hoesch Group (today: thyssenkrupp)

     
1989
German Touring Car Championship (DTM): All cars with Bilstein
 
     
1990
First adjustable system for OE applications – used by Ferrari, Porsche and Corvette
 
     
1992
First deliveries to Japanese OEMs (Subaru and Mazda)
 
     
1995-1996
Expansion of the global presence
- new plants in Hamilton, Ohio (USA) and Sibiu (Romania)
     
1995-1998
Development/ series production of ADS & ACD adjustable shock absorbers

     
1998
Series production of air-suspension modules in the Mandern plant
 
     
2004
Series production: DampTronic® I (Porsche 997) & DampMatic® I (Mercedes-Benz A class)

     
2013
Series production: DampTronic® sky