History and status

The specific market position of the company is determined by its status of accredited testing laboratory for transport studies working in co-operation with state agencies that control the safety of transportation and involved in the transposition of European norms into the Bulgarian legislation.

TECHNOTEST JSC is a self-dependent private company, a fully independent and non-aligned economic enterprise, which is not part of any other economic organizations and/or groups. This guarantees the independence of the company from the producers, whose products are tested by the company, from the trade companies, which import and distribute these products, as well as from the persons and organizations who are the consumers of these products.

The company performs functions delegated by state institutions, and together with this it aims to provide new activities on the market, corresponding to the needs of the clients, thanks to its highly qualified experts with rich professional experience, unique testing equipment and excellent technical facilities. It successfully develops new business unique for our country, expanding its field of activity through testing and certification of products for physical protection.

  • 1963

    The Company was established by Decree No 260 of the Council of Ministers and registered as a Research, development, design and construction institute of engines and automobiles at the State Enterprise “Transportno Mashinostroene”.

  • 1989

    Pursuant Decree No 56 on the economic activity, the Company received the status of a State Enterprise.

  • 1992

    The State Enterprise was transformed into TECHNOTEST Single-Member Private Limited Liability Company, with state-owned property.

  • 1993

    The Company started developing activities related to the service of various vehicles, including motorcars and trucks, warranty and post warranty maintenance.

  • 1998

    A management and employee buyout deal was concluded, according to which 60% of the company’s capital was sold to TECHNOTEST 2001 JSC.

  • 1999

    The company was transformed into TECHNOTEST JSC.

  • 2001

    A Co-operation Agreement was signed between TECHNOTEST JSC and TÜV Verkehr und Fahrzeug GmbH (now TÜV SÜD Auto Service), region of Saxony in the field of technical inspections, tests, training in the field of transport, etc.

    TECHNOTEST JSC gets the right to represent itself under the name “TÜV Partner”

  • 2004

    A unit of the Testing Division of the laboratory was established, outside its scope of accreditation, for testing of secure storage units for protection against burglary.

  • 2005

    TECHNOTEST became a notified technical service of Bulgaria to the UNECE – E34/C.

    TECHNOTEST, together with its partner TÜV SÜD AS – Sachsen, was one of the founders of the Bulgarian Technical Supervision Association

  • 2008

    The testing of the secure storage units was included in the scope of accreditation of the Testing Division.

    Expansion of the activity of the testing laboratory towards testing of physical protection equipment started. A new Assessment Division was established in order to create a Product Certification Body (PCB).

  • 2010

    The Assessment Division obtained accreditation by the Executive Agency ‘Bulgarian Accreditation Service’ as a Product Certification Body (PCB) under registration number 4 OCП.

  • 2014

    The Assessment Division was defined and notified as Technical Service Category “A” of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Commission under Directive 2007/46 / EC.

  • 2018

    TECHNOTEST is defined and notified as a technical service category “A” of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Commission, for testing of vehicles of category L according to annexes to Regulations of the European Union , which are to Regulation (EU) № 168/2013.