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The Bilstein Group – Strong brands under one umbrella

By autotech-nath on June 1, 2021

When it comes to umbrella brands in the independent aftermarket, they don’t come much larger than the bilstein group. The family-run group of companies has headquarters in Ennepetal, Germany and 21 international subsidiaries, including Ferdinand Bilstein UK. You may be more familiar with the renowned product brands Blue Print, febi and SWAG.

Blue Print Brand

Blue Print – Right First Time

The Blue Print range consists of more than 24,000 parts over 160 product types and provides the independent aftermarket with highly accurate components and technical solutions.

Since 1994 the Blue Print programme has exceeded expectations through dedication to consistently delivering
in five key areas: Accuracy, Identification, Quality, Range and Cataloguing. New products and the latest vehicle releases are continually being researched to ensure that Blue Print are fast to market, fulfilling market requirements.

Built upon the strong coverage for Asian vehicle parts, Blue Print now offers an all-makes range for Filtration, Braking and Clutch.

febi Brand

febi – Solutions Made in Germany

Established in 1923, febi has a long tradition of continually providing customers and workshops with equal or higher quality alternative parts to the original fitment. The range covers more than 40,000 technical replacement parts, and febi specialises in Steering & Suspension, Rubber to Metal and Engine Management components. On top of this, the extensive febiPLUS range often includes articles that are otherwise only available from the Original Equipment or vehicle manufacturer.

High-quality standards are constantly reflected through in- house bilstein group engineering production of precision parts and quality control inspections at the on-site state-of-the-art laboratory test facilities.

Product Testing

Quality – We know what matters

One of our greatest strengths is reliability. This is guaranteed by constant product quality, combined with the timely delivery of goods. The same quality standards apply for the entire production line, which are assured by extensive and repeated product tests. These tests constantly question and continually confirm the claim of OE matching quality for every bilstein group component.

To ensure consistent product quality in every delivery, extensive inspections of incoming goods are carried out following random sample checks. In state-of-the-art testing laboratories, parts are examined in full detail.

These quality assurance measures are not carried out solely for the products produced in Ennepetal but also for the components manufactured by carefully selected production partners.

Partsfinder – Searching becomes finding

In 2017, partsfinder was introduced to make finding parts across the bilstein group brands even easier. The core of the system is the direct search by the spare part description box. Partsfinder determines the correct result based on just a few keywords. Apart from this, users have additional options to search for a part, for example, using the OE number. No matter which path is selected, results are never more than three clicks away. Many product pages even feature 360-degree illustrations, functional descriptions, or safety data sheets. Additional functions are also available, such as a “Car Park” that allows the user to save frequently used models to be quickly called up when required. On top of this, the VIN now displays when registration numbers are entered to help identify correct parts for a Right-First-Time fit.

Product Testing

Technical Support – Shared Knowledge

To ensure workshops are supported when using Blue Print and febi products it is important to provide as much information and support as possible alongside our extensive ranges. For this reason, a broad selection of information is compiled and made available in the following formats:

PROTIPS – Offer practical support with everyday issues encountered in the workshop and, when possible, follow the explanation structure of Problem, Cause, Solution.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS – Focus on a specific part in the range and detail the components function along with any information on common failure.

TECHNICAL ARTICLES – Provide a more in-depth look at how a specific vehicle component works or details a diagnostic story from the workshop, highlighting a vehicle fault, including diagnosis and replacement.

VIDEOS – Offer a visual “How To” guide sharing best practice information and top tips for a number of Blue Print products ranges.

Workshop technicians can stay up to date with the latest technical information from Blue Print and febi by following @ blueprintpartsUK and @febi.bilsteinUK on Facebook.

Our Quality Promise – Your Added Value

Blue Print and febi exclusively offers replacement parts in OE matching quality. As a specialist with manufacturing competence, only products with a high degree of installation safety and durability are included in the range offering.

To underline the high product quality standards, a 3-year manufacturer’s guarantee is provided for all replacement parts – exceeding the statutory warranty. This is a real added value for everyone who trusts in Blue Print and febi products.

To see the full product ranges, visit: partsfinder., or for more information on the bilstein group brands, visit: &



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