VIPAP’s annual output capacity is 240,000 tonnes; i.e. 180,000 tonnes of recycled fibres, made from recovered paper, and 60,000 tonnes of groundwood pulp. Our three paper machines make more than 200,000 tonnes of papers a year.
Integrated Paper and Pulp Manufacture
Paper manufacture in Krško began in 1955 with the launch of the first paper machine. VIPAP is nowadays an integrated pulp and paper mill and the company has made extensive investments in modernising the manufacturing process. Our entire production line is automated and utilises state-of-the-art information technology for monitoring the technological process as well as the interim and final product quality.
Every tonne of recycled paper means saving approximately three cubic metres of wood. This is why a sustainable use of waste raw materials forms a natural part of our manufacturing process. All our papers are manufactured mainly from recycled fibres combined in various ratios with mechanical pulp and purchased bleached chemical pulp. We get our basic raw material for paper manufacture (recovered paper) from Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Hungary, France, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Serbia; to a lesser extent we also purchase wood for producing mechanical pulp in the same markets. By using around 600 tonnes of recovered paper a day to produce recycled pulp, we save 1,800 cubic metres of wood daily.
Groundwood Pulp Manufacture
We use fresh spruce wood, as well as poplar wood to a lesser extent, for groundwood pulp manufacture. The technological process begins with the best possible preparation of the wood (cleaning and sorting). This is followed by wood grinding, coarse screening of the produced pulp, thickening and processing by additional mechanical treatment, and then the groundwood pulp is used for newsprint manufacture. The groundwood for manufacture of graphic recycled papers is also bleached.