Solaris Bus & Coach

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Solaris Bus & Coach SA
Type Public
Industry Automotive industry
Founded 2001
Headquarters Bolechowo, Poland
Area served Worldwide
Key people Solange Olszewska, Krzysztof Olszewski
Products Buses
Revenue Increase 292.2 million
Operating income Increase 20.6 million
Profit Increase 13.5 million
Total assets Increase 126.1 million
Total equity Increase 87.6 million
Employees 1562
Website www.solarisbus.com

Solaris Bus & Coach SA is a bus, coach, trolleybus and tram manufacturer based in Bolechowo near Poznań, Poland.[1]

It is a family-owned business, with Krzysztof Olszewski as co-owner and his wife Solange as CEO. It is located in a former weapons factory,[2] and was featured by BBC World in a program related to EU expansion in May 2004, as an example of a post-communist success in Poland.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Solaris started as Neoplan Polska, founded in 1994 by Krzysztof Olszewski. Neoplan Polska was selling, and since January 1996 also building under German licence, low-floor Neoplan city buses. In 1999 it released first buses under its own Solaris brand (model Urbino). On 1 September 2001 Neoplan Polska was renamed to Solaris Bus & Coach Sp. z o.o. In 2005 it was transformed into a joint stock company.

In the 1990s, the company developed its own research office and used computer software originally developed for the design of space shuttles. It reduced the time needed to design and build new prototypes to about six months.[citation needed] Another six months are needed to build a new bus prototype.

Trolleybuses are made in co-operation with the Hungarian company Ganz Electro or (the Czech division of) the company Cegelec and Polish company Medcom. Both companies make the electric devices for the vehicles. Solaris produced the first European bus model using hybrid technology,[citation needed] the Solaris Urbino 18 Hybrid. That hybrid model was delivered in November 2008 to the Polish city of Poznań.

In 2007 Solaris was employing about 1,200 workers, in 2009 about 1,600 workers. Now "Solaris Bus & Coach" builds about 1,000-1,200 buses a year.[citation needed]

In 2013, Solaris sold 1,302 buses and trams.[citation needed]

Products[edit]

Current models[edit]

Discontinued models[edit]

Gallery[edit]

City buses
Solaris Urbino 12 in Chur, Switzerland 
Driver's area of Solaris Urbino 12 
Interior of Solaris Urbino 12 
Engine of Solaris Urbino 12 
A Solaris Urbino 18 of RSV (Reutlingen, Germany) 
Solaris Urbino 10 at Warsaw Okęcie Airport, Poland 
Trolleybuses
A Solaris Trollino 12 trolleybus in Landskrona, Sweden 
Solaris Trollino 18AC in Tallinn in Estonia 
Solaris Trollino 15 in Vilnius in Lithuania 
Solaris Trollino 18 "Metrostyle" in Salzburg 
Intercity buses and coaches
Solaris Valletta in Kielce, Poland, Transexpo 2007 
Solaris Interurbino 12 at Transexpo 2010 
Solaris Interurbino 12 interior 
A Solaris Vacanza 13, 2005 
Trams
Solaris Tramino LF 32 in Poznań 
Scale model of a Solaris Tramino in Kielce, Poland, at Transexpo 2008 
Interior of Solaris Tramino LF 32 
Solaris Tramino S109j for Jena, Germany 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Premiery TRANSEXPO 2011 – Solaris i elektrobus, Infobus, 22 September 2011, retrieved 7 November 2014 
  2. ^ Cymerman, Piotr (13 July 2011), Tu pociąg, tam czołg (29 / 2816), Polityka, pp. 36–37, retrieved 7 November 2014 
  3. ^ Kierecki, Aleksander (21 July 2009), Interurbino – międzymiastowa propozycja Solarisa, InfoBus, retrieved 7 November 2014 
  4. ^ TRAKO 2009: Debiut Tramino Solarisa, Rynek Kolejowy, 14 October 2009, retrieved 7 November 2014 
  5. ^ Kołodziej, Jacek, "Nowe krakowskie tramwaje", Świat kolei (magazine) (Emi-press) (5 / 2006): 8, ISSN 1234-5962