Suspension compact – powered by BILSTEIN Academy

Suspension and shock absorber knowledge for independent workshops and automotive professionals, presented in a practical and entertaining way: Our experts from the BILSTEIN Academy will provide you with valuable tips and practical assistance.

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Suspension and shock absorber knowledge for independent workshops and automotive professionals, presented in a practical and entertaining way: Our experts from the BILSTEIN Academy will provide you with valuable tips and practical assistance.

Suspension compact – powered by BILSTEIN Academy

Workshop Tips – straight from the experts

We are not only well versed in original equipment and motorsport. We also speak the language of workshops. Our BILSTEIN experts – all of them experienced master mechanics and proven suspension experts – share their knowledge with you. Whether it’s installation tips, specific solutions to problems or new technologies such as air suspension modules and semi-active suspensions, “Suspension compact – powered by BILSTEIN Academy” will turn you into real suspension professionals!

Our workshop tips in video format are presented by racing driver Nico Bastian. When the 31-year-old is not sitting in his Mercedes-AMG GT3 from HRT (Haupt Racing Team), the hardcore racer works as an instructor and presenter. And because Nico is also a technology freak, he fits perfectly into our team!

Check back regularly: We are constantly updating our knowledge database for you. We start with our tip on suspension testing and damage diagnosis. As soon as more interesting Workshop Tips are online, you will find them here!

These are the shock absorber experts of the BILSTEIN Academy:
Rainer Popiol – Head of BILSTEIN Academy

Career:

  • 1984 Motorcar mechanic (1985 first training conducted)
  • 1990 Motorcar master mechanic
  • 1994 Certified mechanical engineer
  • 2000 different trainer certificates and a book publication (1 of 3 authors) “Der sichere Weg zur Meisterprüfung im Kfz”, Techniker Handwerk, ISBN 3-8023-1910-9, editions in German, Polish, Russian
  • Since 1 January 2001 Training Manager (today: Head of BILSTEIN Academy) at thyssenkrupp Bilstein

Special field:

  • Suspension technology, includng series production, tuning, motor sports, special applications, shock absorber construction
  • Development, creation and communication of target group-oriented training methods
  • Misuse tests

My motto: “We leave no one behind.”

Dimitris Kouvaras – Global Training Manager

Career:

  • 1985-1988 Motorcar mechanic FORD (trade test in Nuremberg)
  • 1988-1989 Motorcar mechanic FORD Besico in Nuremberg
  • 1989-1990 Military service (Greek Army)
  • 1990-1993 Motorcar technician (TOYOTA ORGANISATION TEE in Cologne)
  • 1994- 1996 Motorcar mechanic (MAN Motoren-Werk in Nuremberg)
  • 1997-2000 Motorcar mechanic (Mercedes Benz garage in Athens, Greece)
  • 2000-2013 Technical Support & Training Manager (Electra Hellas in Athens, Greece)
  • Since 2013 Global Training Manager at thyssenkrupp Bilstein

Special field:

  • Engine overhaul
  • Suspension specialist
  • Education/ training specialist for 21 years

My motto: “Only the one who knows his goal will find the path.”

Mustafa Yavuz – Leader Technical Support

Career:

  • 08/2004 – 01/2008 Apprenticeship as a car mechatronics engineer
  • 01/2008 – 11/2011 Motorcar mechatronics engineer                        
  • 11/2011 – 06/2014 Motorcar master technician
  • 06/2014 – 08/2018 Technical Support at thyssenkrupp Bilstein
  • Since 09/2018 Leader Technical Support at thyssenkrupp Bilstein

Special field:

  • Suspension technology,
  • Fault diagnosis on active and passive systems
  • Assistance systems / suspension
  • Technical communication,
  • Live support
  • OE replacement & performance

My motto: “It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible but also for what we do not do.”

Jan Heierhoff – Technical Support

Career:

  • Apprenticeship as a motorcar mechanic
  • Motorcar mechanic at VW & Audi
  • Service consultant, workshop planning, warranty at VW & Audi
  • Since 2011 Technical Support at thyssenkrupp Bilstein

Special field:

  • All-rounder

My motto: “Quitting is not an option.”

Alexander Kranz – Technical Support

Career:

  • Commercial training
  • Commercial/technical advice and customer support in services and trade
  • Technical documentation in trade
  • Since 2016: Technical Support at thyssenkrupp Bilstein

Special field:

  • Product advice in replacement and performance
  • Technical communication
  • Support around installation and adjustment

My motto: “The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.”

The BILSTEIN Academy: Your partner when it comes to questions about shock absorbers and suspension in the workshop

 

 

The BILSTEIN Academy brings together more than six decades of expertise in shock absorbers and suspension systems. Our experts run free in-house training courses for both workshops and dealers. The content ranges from shock absorber production to suspension installation in the field of series production, tuning and motorsport. All training courses consist of a theoretical and a practical part. In addition to the topics of shock absorber installation, damage analysis and BILSTEIN product innovations, you can also expect exciting factory tours and helpful tips for customer advice.

If you have any questions about shock absorbers and suspension in the workshop or on the market, the BILSTEIN Academy’s Technical Support team will be happy to help at any time!

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