More than 175 Years of Pioneering Spirit

The Compatibility of Tradition and Progress

After the company was founded in 1844, the first few decades in the history of Ferdinand Bilstein were marked by trade in procured and custom-made metal products.

In 1880 the core business shifted to the production of turned screws and nuts.

With the emergence of the automotive industry, the focus shifted on the supply business.

The patented spring bolt introduced in 1921 became the reference product. The "febi" brand name that still exists today was registered in 1923, the product range expanded significantly in the following years.

The sharp rise in exports led to the creation of company subsidiaries in various key markets.

Spare parts production for trucks began in 1951.

In the 1980s a wide range of products was developed, which complemented the product range from our own production with wear parts from partner manufacturers.

To sharpen the brand profile, the product focus was placed on spare parts for German and European vehicle models in the mid-1990s.

In addition to the establishment of further international subsidiaries, the immense growth led to continuous expansion of the production area and logistics centre at the main location in Ennepetal.

Today, febi distributes more than 50,000 repair solutions for passenger cars, light commercial vehicles (LCV) and trucks with the support of 22 subsidiaries offices around the world.

Since 2012, febi has been part of the bilstein group that also anchors the brands SWAG and Blue Print under its strong umbrella.

Paving the Way for Mobility – 2020 and beyond

Whatever the future of mobility might look like, febi is ready to supply the replacement parts required to keep the vehicles and people of tomorrow moving.

Just as today where febi offer OE-matching quality parts for all popular makes and models of car, truck, light commercial, agricultural and off-highway vehicles – including those powered by electricity and hydrogen – whatever the future of mobility brings, febi is ready.

The history of success, which has been ongoing for more than 175 years, is being continued consistently.