The Blue Print of Success

As Blue Print celebrates their 20th anniversary, we look back at the last 20 years.

This year, Blue Print is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The Blue Print range contains just under 27,000 vehicle parts covering 165 different product groups, with a 3 year unlimited mileage warranty. It also provides the independent aftermarket with diagnostic equipment, technical information solutions, associated tools and an ever expanding range of products which are considered to be ‘dealer only’.

20 years ago, Japanese and Korean vehicles only represented a very small percentage of vehicles on the UK roads. The Blue Print philosophy was to cater for these vehicle marques by providing everything under one roof, underpinned with an absolute dedication to accuracy, quality and outstanding customer service, which led to the creation of the company motto ‘Right First Time’.
In 20 years, this philosophy is stronger than ever.

Over the last two decades, the company has constantly innovated and invested to ensure that Blue Print is the first choice for parts for Asian and American vehicles.


The parent company, Automotive Distributors Ltd (ADL), is formed in Tonbridge.


Blue Print wins the ADF (now called IAAF) Supplier of the Year award for the first time.


The facility is relocated to Kent, England and the Blue Print brand, with its characteristic thumbprint logo, is launched in the UK at the Automotive Trade Show ’94 held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.


Blue Print wins the ADF Supplier of the Year Award, and again in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2013, making it an eight times winner.


The Blue Print catalogue is re-launched in an entirely new format, departing from the traditional product led approach and enabling customers to see everything available for one vehicle on one page.


The online catalogue and technical reference system – Blue Print LIVE – goes online. Today, it has developed into one of the fastest, easiest to use and most accurate systems in the industry.


Blue Print launches a range of parts for European specification American vehicles and starts to include specialist parts and ranges, specific tools and technical information to support the fitment of particular products.


Blue Print launches a new website for garage workshops.


ADL and the Blue Print brand are acquired by Ferdinand Bilstein GmbH, opening the door to numerous markets across Europe and the world and greater international expansions.


The Blue Print portfolio of products is expanded to include the “British Range” for Jaguar, Land Rover and MINI parts. Services are also expanded to include technical training, diagnostic equipment and online workshop information solutions.

Congratulations to Blue Print for reaching this landmark year. Here’s to the next 20 years!


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