Autosan S.A., Poland

Autosan S.A., Poland

Autosan S.A.


Walenty Lipinski and Mateusz Beksinski

Sanok, Poland


Autosan S.A. is a Polish bus and coach manufacturer. The company is located in Sanok, Poland. Its sales network includes European (also non-EU countries), African and Asian countries. Currently it produces approximately 300 buses a year. Walenty Lipinski and Mateusz Beksinski establish a boilers' plant. The history of the factory has been changing depending on domestic and European economic situation.

At the beginning of its activity, factory is producing devices and equipment for oil mining, distillery and brewing industry. The factory became the greatest manufacture of rail-coaches, freight and tram cars in Poland. After the First World War it is commonly known as the "Sanowag".

In addition to wagons, machinery and equipment for oil and spirits industry steam machines, boilers, cisterns, cranes, dredgers, road rollers, steel lifeboats, steel bridge constructions and foundry products are being also produced.



The company was founded in 1832 by Walenty Lipinski and Mateusz Beksinski as a boilermaker's plant. The history of the factory changed depending on domestic and European economic situations. At the beginning of its activity, the factory produced devices and equipment for the oil mining, distillery and brewing industries. It later added transportation to its range and by 1894 it had become Poland's most important manufacturer of rail coaches and freight cars, tramcars and other high-capacity vehicles, while continuing to produce their initial output of boilers and other related devices. Later, even more variety of product was added, including cisterns, cranes, dredgers, road rollers, steel lifeboats, steel bridge constructions and casting articles.

In 1926, Autosan launched its first lot of buses mounted on Lancia chassis. Activities were interrupted during World War II but resumed in 1950. In 1973, a new family of buses is launched - the H9 bus, with the engine mounted at the rear. It would be followed in 1984 by the high-capacity H10 model.

In September 2013 the Court of Krosno declared the factory bankrupt. In a statement issued at the time it was explained that it was impossible to continue financing the restructuring. A few days later Sobiesław Zasada Group, which owned the company, sold a package of shares in Autosan to Gregory Tarnawa for one polish zloty. Trade unionists from the factory picketed in front of the former owner, Sobiesław Zasada Group, in Krakow, demanding payment of arrears of salary for several months. The company is still operational. Autosan is one of the oldest factories in Poland. Its existence dates back to 1832. Since 2001, the company has developed and produced components for rail vehicles, especially the bodies of railcars and trams.




Low-floor, 9 m long bus, designed to meet the growing demand of public city transport companies looking for the vehicles to caryout transportation on the lines with less passenger traffic and in the area of compact development with difficult maneuvering. The construction of the body is made of stainless steel rectangular tubes welded together. The outside paneling made of aluminium and GRP panels bonded to the framework, side flaps made of aluminium, roof, front and rear walls made of GRP (glass reinforced polyester). Water heating unit connected to engine’s cooling system + convectors + heaters.



Low-floor, 12 m long bus, designed for use in large cities, on regular city lines, especially where there is no possibility or no need to use mega class buses. This is another model of the modular family of buses with the common name SANCITY intended for city passenger traffic. The possibility of lowering the entrance steps with ECAS system makes that the passengers have very easy and convenient access to the interior of the bus. A three-dimensional longitudinal-lattice frame made of stainless steel integrated with framework of the body.





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