Activity of the institute

Description of operations

BOSMAL Automotive Research and Development Institute Ltd specialises in conducting research and development as well as manufacturing activities for domestic and foreign companies, mainly in the automotive sector.
  • The scope of the Institute's activities includes research, design, manufacture and services,
  • Foundation year: 1972,
  • Area: 83,000 m2,
  • Build-up area: 24,700 m2,
  • Employment: approx. 400 employees, including 17 professors and/or PhDs and 270 engineers/MScs,
  • Location: northern part of the city. In the vicinity of the intersection of road routes 1 and S1/S52
The Institute has extensive experience in the field of cooperation with both final car manufacturers as well as with cooperating factories manufacturing parts and assemblies for the main assembly and for the aftermarket.
For more than fifty years of its activity, the Institute has gained the trust of many domestic and foreign clients. Thanks to experienced staff of highly qualified employees, BOSMAL implements a comprehensive range of design and research services - "From idea to implementation". The Institute is flexible in terms of adapting to market requirements and the needs of its clients. We have modern research and measurement equipment for conducting research works and construction and for design/computational works in the field of car construction and related fields. The Institute continuously invests in the latest technologies, expending its equipment, research and measurement potential.
In order to improve the quality of services offered, exchange experience and popularise knowledge, BOSMAL cooperates with many well-known institutions and technical universities, both domestically and abroad. The Institute has a large scientific output. BOSMAL is also the organiser of the International Exhaust Emissions Symposium. In addition to scientific and research cooperation, BOSMAL annually provides vocational training to students of technical universities. It also runs a vocational studies programme.


  • By the decision of the Minister of Economy, BOSMAL with its registered office in Bielsko-Biała has been granted the status of a research and development centre.
  • By the decision of the Minister of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy, the Institute was granted the license for conducting the whole vehicle type approval tests.

Institute's Mission

BOSMAL Automotive Research and Development Institute Ltd is a successor of OBR SM BOSMAL - a leading research and development unit in the automotive sector.

The mission of the Institute is:
  • Systemic, efficient, economical, flexible, effective, ecological and secure management of the Institute's activities,
  • Promoting of sustainable development with respect of human rights, environment, health care and secure of employees and information security assurance,
  • Systematic improvement of the quality of products and services provided and developing the portfolio of services and technology park through investments in modern equipment, and modernization of infrastructure,
  • Empowerment position and good image of the Institute in the international arena.

Integrated Management System and Information Security System

The quality of the Institute's services is confirmed by the implemented and certified Integrated Quality, Environment, Work Safety and Hygiene Management System (according to PN-EN ISO 9001/AQAP 2110, PN-ISO 45001 i PN-EN ISO 14001) and implemented principles of information security and data confidentiality based on the standard PN-EN ISO/IEC 27001 and TISAX (level AL2). Our Testing laboratory and Type approval laboratory meet the requirements of PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025 standard and are accredited by the Polish Center for Accreditation.


BOSMAL Automotive Research and Development Institute Ltd, operating, inter alia, in the automotive industry, successively proves that it meets the requirements related to information security. This procedure is confirmed by the assessment of the BOSMAL Automotive Research and Development Institute Ltd for compliance with the VDA-ISA requirements, which includes the key security features of the internationally recognized ISO 27001 standard and additional criteria that relate to the automotive sector. The results of the assessment are available here: TISAX Scope Excerpt ST38TZ and Location L7RC5L Excerpt, and on the ENX platform, link:

Integrated Management System and Information Security System Policy

Certificates, Recommendations, Awards and Distinctions



Customers' recommendations and accreditations


RINA Statement of Recognition of Test Laboratory. No. REC051822XP

BOSMAL received a recommendation from RINA confirming compliance with its requirements "RINA STATEMENT OF RECOGNITION OF TEST LABORATORY No. REC051822XP".

This document states that BOSMAL Testing Laboratory has been found in compliance with the requirements of the RINA “RULES FOR RECOGNITION OF TEST LABORATORIES” for the performance of the tests listed in the attachment to the Statement.
Types of tests:
- Destructive and Non-destructive tests and measurements of materials and products of marine and industrial structures and equipment.
- Testing of electrical equipment and combustion and electric motors up to 560 kW
Scope of accreditation for Testing Laboratory according to PCA No. AB 128

Awards and distinctions


Accredited Testing Laboratory

Management and Structure of the Institute

Management Board

  • President of the Board, Research Director - Piotr Świątek, PhD (Eng)
  • Deputy President of the Board, Director - Arkadiusz Stojecki, PhD (Eng)

Supervisory Board

  • Antoni Świątek, PhD (Eng) - Chairman
  • Prof. Jerzy Merkisz, PhD (Eng) - Vice-Chairman
  • Wojciech Trybus, MSc (Eng) - Secretary
  • Tadeusz Kowalski, MSc (Eng) - Member
(The term of office of the Supervisory Board is 2023-2027)

Scientific Council

  • Prof. Jerzy Merkisz, PhD (ENG) - Chairman
  • Rafał Sala, PhD (ENG) - Vice-Chairman
  • Elżbieta Szatkowska, PhD (ENG) - Secretary
  • Prof. Kazimierz Maria Romaniszyn, PhD (ENG)
  • Prof. Marek Brzeżański, PhD (ENG)
  • Prof. Krzysztof Wisłocki, PhD (ENG)
  • Piotr Bielaczyc, PhD (ENG)
  • Joanna Faber, PhD (ENG)
  • Krzysztof Brodzik, PhD (ENG)
  • Andrzej Szczotka, PhD (ENG)
(The term of office of the Scientific Council is 2023-2027)

Technical Library

The Institute's Technical Library contains a collection of technical literature, mainly in the field of the automotive industry.
We subscribe to a number of technical journals, both domestic and foreign.


The standardisation activities at BOSMAL include standardisation works in accordance with the Institute's needs, including national, European and international standardisation as well as standardisation of ECE Regulations and EU Directives.
BOSMAL was appointed by the Polish Committee for Standardisation as a member of:
  • Technical Committee No. 132 on Exhaust Engines;
  • Technical Committee No. 141 on Plastics;
  • Technical Sub-Committee No. 1 on Liquid Fuels and Technical Sub-Committee No. 3 on Lubricating Oils in the Technical Committee No. 222 on Processed Oil and Operating Fluids.

Conference Centre

The Institute has two modern, fully equipped conference rooms: an audiovisual room for 40 people and an audiovisual room for 200 people. More information about the Conference Centre can be found here:


The Institute has an exhibition of eight prototypes designed and built at BOSMAL. More information about the Exhibition can be found here:

Our Clients and Partners

The Institute has over 500 active clients. Our clients mainly include automotive companies, but not only. We cooperate with both final car manufacturers as well as with cooperating factories manufacturing parts and assemblies for the main assembly and for the aftermarket. In order to improve the quality of services offered, we cooperate with many well-known institutions and technical universities, both domestically and abroad.

Scientific Activity


More than forty years of traditions related to research for the automotive industry and vast experience as well as employees' knowledge result in visible recognition of the Institute around the world, thanks to our business profile and cooperation with the largest automotive concerns, greater than our domestic cooperation.
BOSMAL's very high position among R&D institutions in Europe is proven, among other things, by the Institute's membership in international bodies such as:
  • WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedures) working group at the UNECE developing new global regulations regarding the approval of passenger cars, trucks and engine machinery;
  • PMP (Particulate Measurement Programme) working group at the UNECE, developing new regulations and testing methods for testing solid particulate emissions from motor vehicles;
  • WLTP 2nd group at the European Commission in Brussels, whose task is to implement the WLTP provisions into the EU type approval regulations and legislation.
BOSMAL actively participates in standardisation works in Poland within the Polish Committee for Standardisation's Technical Committees:
  • KT222 on Processed Oil and Operating Fluids,
  • KT141 on Plastics,
  • KT132 on Combustion Engines.
As a member of the Technical Committees of the Polish Committee for Standardisation, BOSMAL participates in the development of Polish versions of standards and gives its opinion on draft international standards.
The experience and competences of BOSMAL are also appreciated and taken into account in the Polish Ministry of Energy's legislative work on new regulations.
Memberships include:
  • POLLAB Polish Research Laboratories Club (actual member registered under number 128)
  • Polish ISO 9000 Forum Club (actual member registered under number 318)
  • Polish Scientific Society of Combustion Engines
  • Polish Committee for Standardisation:
    • KT222 on Processed Oil and Operating Fluids
    • KT222/PK1 on Liquid Fuels
    • KT222/PK3 on Lubricating Oils
    • KT141 on Plastics
    • KT132 on Combustion Engines
  • Cluster Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing KSSE (Katowice Special Economic Zone)
  • Polish Cluster of Composite Technologies
  • Association under the auspices of the "Polish Cluster of Composite Technologies" Foundation
  • World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP. 29) at the EU/UNECE
  • Working Group - Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE)
    • WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedures) subgroup
    • PMP (Particulate Measurement Program) subgroup
  • Working Group of the European Commission RDE - LDV (Real Driving Emissions of Light Duty Vehicles)

Scientific Cooperation

BOSMAL, in addition to cooperation with foreign research centres, such as: European Commission Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy), University of Leeds (Leeds, Great Britain), Argonne National Laboratory (Lemont, USA) or University of Birmingham (Birmingham, Great Britain) and others, also actively cooperates with Polish scientific centres. Significant examples include our long-term cooperation with the Poznan University of Technology should be emphasised - focused on issues related to the study of automotive emissions and engine tests, with the Wroclaw University of Technology - consisting of joint research on the issue of air quality in car interiors, with the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in Kraków - cooperation mainly in the field of modern materials for the automotive industry, and with the Bielsko-Biała University - in both in the field of vehicle, engine and material engineering research. In addition to scientific and research cooperation, BOSMAL annually provides vocational training to students of technical universities. Last year, a vocational studies programme was launched in cooperation with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Silesian University of Technology, and recently a similar programme was implemented in cooperation with the Faculty of Materials, Construction and Environmental Engineering at the Bielsko-Biała University.

International Exhaust Emissions Symposium

BOSMAL is the organiser of the International Exhaust Emissions Symposium. There is a continued increase in interest in this symposium, which has become one of the most important scientific knowledge exchange forums in Poland, focusing on the issue of emission of harmful car exhausts. The 4th and 5th International Exhaust Emissions Symposium were held in the years 2013-2016, attended, respectively, by 120 and 140 representatives of scientific institutions from Europe and the USA. In both cases, 23 out of 25 papers were presented by participants representing foreign research centres. The symposium is a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience of experts and specialists related to the automotive industry, including mainly dealing with the aspect of exhaust emissions from vehicles, but also other aspects of the operation of motor vehicles. The high level and the importance of the symposium is best evidenced by the presence of well-deserved and well-recognised global participants.

Cooperation with business, clusters

BOSMAL is a member of several clusters:


Business Development
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BOSMAL has been present on the automotive market since 1972. Initially, it operated as the design and R&D unit of the Fabryka Samochodów Małolitrażowych in Bielsko-Biała. Since the beginning of the 1990s, the Institute has been a completely independent research and development unit. As a result of employee privatisation, as of 01.05.2010, the company adopted the name Instytut Badań i Rozwoju Motoryzacji BOSMAL Sp. z o.o.
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