THE COMPANY WAS FOUNDED IN 2004 BY WOJTEK ŚLIWKA A GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN KRAKOW, A SKI INSTRUCTOR AND A TWO-TIME POLISH CHAMPION IN MOUNTAIN BIKING.
Initially, the company ran a rental shop and a ski school in the cosy mountain town of Ustroń. After several years, there was an opportunity to capture the right moment and Wojtek took advantage of his knowledge of production technologies and sports market trends.
His passion for skiing and biking accompanied by the experience gained – has resulted in the first specialised products. The dynamically growing orders seemed surprising and inspiring at the same time. They enabled the development of drying equipment products and led to the first major international projects.
Over the course of several years of full commitment to designing new solutions, developing a presence at international trade fairs and systematically gaining trust, QBL significantly increased its production capacity. Its founder gathered a team of people – with similar values, goals and ambitions – who wanted to create unique projects on a global scale.
Today, the company's headquarters is located in a newly established production and office facility. QBL Systems has an extensive, dynamically developing distribution network and carries out projects related to sports infrastructure in over 50 countries. The quality of QBL Systems products has been affirmed by international experts with prestigious winter sports industry awards – the ISPO Award Winner.
DISCOVER THE LANDMARKS IN OUR HISTORY
MODERN HEADQUARTERS OF QBL SYSTEMS
The investment is completed and the entire back office of the company – including the machine park, paint shop, warehouse and offices – is moved to the new plant.
IMPLEMENTATION OF AN INNOVATIVE SKI HOLDER
Long months of concept creation and design work on the CliQ ski holder brings results – an international patent and the prestigious ISPO Award Winner.
THE FIRST FOOTBALL-BOOT DRYER
QBL designs the first football-boot dryer that goes directly to the Etihad Stadium for Manchester City’s first team.
REBRANDING OF QBL SYSTEMS
We carry out a comprehensive rebranding of the QBL, designing a new logo and creating our visual identity principles from scratch.
PRESTIGIOUS ISPO AWARD WINNER
We become the first Polish company to be awarded the ISPO Award at the largest international sports fair in the Retail & Service Equipment category.
THE FIRST INTERCONTINENTAL TRADE FAIR
The basic line of QBL racks and dryers is presented outside Europe at the SIA Snow Show in Denver, Colorado.
THE FIRST FOREIGN ORDER FOR SKI LOCKERS
Shortly after launching the product on the market, we begin installing specialised lockers in the ski depot of the Vista**** Wellness Hotel in the Czech Republic.
SKATE RENTAL EQUIPMENT
The initiation of cooperation with a partner from Russia results in the delivery of ice-skate storage and drying systems to Moscow’s Gorky Park.
THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FAIR
We decide to present our small product collection for the first time internationally by participating in the ISPO Munich and Prowinter in Bolzano.
THE FIRST FOREIGN ORDER
Thanks to persistence and several fortunate coincidences, we receive and carry out the first order for ski racks – which goes to Neuss, Germany.
OBTAINING EU FUNDING
For the first time, the company applies for and obtains EU funding under the Regional Operational Programme in order to expand its production base
FOUNDATION OF THE QBL COMPANY
At the age of 23, Wojciech Śliwka establishes the QBL company in Ustroń, opening a ski rental and a ski school. Both of these facilities still operate today.