Company SZCZĘŚNIAK Special Vehicles Ltd., founded in 1992, is one of the leading Polish manufacturers of special vehicles for fire departments, police, military and civilian services providing emergency assistance. In 2017, the 25th anniversary of the company coincides with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the State Fire Service in Poland, which uses firefighting vehicles from SZCZĘŚNIAK in its operations. Many years of experience in the automotive industry, highly specialized staff and the use of modern technology allows the company to offer vehicles at the highest technical level. It ensures that customers receive vehicles that meet both high quality and usability requirements. This is confirmed by numerous prestigious awards and distinctions, e.g. awards received at exhibitions such as International Exhibition of Rescue, Fire Protection and Techniques EDURA or International Defense Industry Exhibition in Kielce.
The company SZCZĘŚNIAK is a national leader in the production of special purpose vehicles dedicated to prison services, State Forests, Border Guard, etc. A modern factory opened in 2013 can produce about 130 vehicles per year for domestic and foreign customers. Since the beginning, the company has provided about 2,000 vehicles, which have contributed to improving of fire safety as well as reducing the dangers of catastrophes and road crashes. Most regions in Poland use the flagship product of the company SZCZĘŚNIAK, which is the medium class fire-rescue vehicle built on Iveco Eurocargo ML150E28WS chassis.
The Company offers all types of firefighting vehicles ranging from light class fire-rescue vehicles to heavy class road rescue and technical rescue vehicles. These are complemented by different types of containers and fire trailers. Vehicles are based on the chassis of leading companies such as Iveco, Scania, Volvo, Mercedes Benz and MAN, according to requirements of Purchaser. About 30% of Our vehicles are exported to Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
The company employs more than 130 highly qualified and committed employees who are actively involved in the design, construction and servicing of vehicles. Regular, specialized trainings and implementation of innovative technical solutions guarantee high quality of our vehicles. The company’s motto is: Passion creates professionalism – professionalism ensures quality. This idea is realized through warranty and post-warranty services as well as in the good relations with our customers.
The company was established in 1992 as a private company called “Construction of Special Vehicles Zbigniew Szczęśniak”, which, according to the demand at that time, specialized in the repair of fire engines. Acquired experience has allowed the Company to gain a deep knowledge of these vehicles and to evaluate both advantages and disadvantages.
The next stage in the company’s development was the production of new fire engines built on domestic chassis. In addition to the production of specialized equipment, the company also manufactured manned cabins which were scarcely available on Polish market at that time.
Looking back, it can be said that this was a crucial moment in the company’s business, which set the direction of its further development. As a result, in 1998 the company began replacing domestic chassis by ones imported from reputable manufacturers. It also expanded the range of its crew cabins. Vehicles production has been divided into three main product groups: firefighting, military and specialized vehicles (such as water laboratories, communication vehicles and heavy workshop vehicles).
The following years were a period of dynamic and sustained development for the company. We implemented the very first integrated fire protection company in Poland – Integrated Quality System in accordance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and AQAP 2110. A number of innovative technical solutions were developed and patented, the machinery was modernized, Internal Control System introduced and the range of offered vehicles systematically developed, thereby increasing the company’s production and market share .
As a result of the enlarged corporate structure, in 2013 the company changed the address of head office, legal form and logo. The name of the Company was changed to “SZCZĘŚNIAK Special Vehicles Ltd.”, under which it currently operates and is recognized on both domestic and international markets. The family character of the Company with entire ownership of Polish capital remained unchanged.
The Company’s core business is research and development, which aims for elaboration, testing and implementation of innovative solutions in the field of technology and construction of special vehicles. The Company carries out scientific research and development projects financed by both public and its own funds. The result of these projects is the commercialization and creation of vehicle prototypes. For many years, the company has been cooperating with a number of research institutes and universities, including:
- Józef Tuliszkowski Scientific and Research Centre for Fire Protection – National Research Institute in Józefów,
- Military Institute of Armored and Automobile Technology in Sulejówek (near Warsaw),
- Jarosław Dąbrowski Military Academy of Technology in Warsaw,
- Warsaw University of Technology,
- Tadeusz Kościuszko Cracow University of Technology,
- Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice,
- University of Bielsko-Biała,
- The Main School of Fire Service in Warsaw,
- College of the State Fire Service in Cracow,
- PIMOT Automotive Industry Institute in Warsaw,
- BOSMAL Automotive Research and Development Institute Ltd. in Bielsko-Biała