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Founders

Solaris was founded by Solange and Krzysztof Olszewski whose dedication and expertise made the company a successful player in the European bus industry.

Founded in 1996, the company initially employed 36 people. Today Solaris is a leading European manufacturer of innovative buses and urban rail vehicles. At present it employs 2 300 people.

Krzysztof Olszewski was born in Wrocław. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Warsaw Technical University. After graduating in 1976, Olszewski was self-employed in the transportation technology industry. He lived in West Berlin after political events in December 1981 and the introduction of martial law in Poland, which made a return home impossible. From January 1982 onwards, he worked for German bus manufacturer Neoplan in Berlin, rapidly rising through the ranks to become factory manager in 1985. In 1994, Olszewski returned to Poland to open an independent Neoplan sales agency for the Polish market. Two years later Olszewski, together with his wife Solange, opened a bus factory in Bolechowo near Poznań. In 1999 they introduced Urbino city bus, which became the cornerstone of Solaris’s international success. 

Founders

Awards

  • EBUS Award 2017 for Solaris for its contribution into the development of zero-emission public transport 2017

    EBUS Award 2017 for Solaris for its contribution into the development of zero-emission public transport

  • Title of Bus of the Year 2017 for the new Solaris Urbino 12 electric 2016

    Title of Bus of the Year 2017 for the new Solaris Urbino 12 electric

  • Design Award UITP for the new Solaris Urbino 2015

    Design Award UITP for the new Solaris Urbino

  • IF Design Award 2015 for the new Solaris Urbino 2015

    IF Design Award 2015 for the new Solaris Urbino

  • Reddot Award for the Tramino Braunschweig 2015

    Reddot Award for the Tramino Braunschweig

  • Title of ‘People of Freedom’ in a poll by daily Gazeta Wyborcza and broadcaster TVN 2014

    Title of ‘People of Freedom’ in a poll by daily Gazeta Wyborcza and broadcaster TVN

  • Economic Award of the President of Poland, in the category Innovation 2011

    Economic Award of the President of Poland, in the category Innovation

  • Economic Award of the President of Poland, in the category Exporter 2005

    Economic Award of the President of Poland, in the category Exporter