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Vulkan-Nova

COMPANY "VULKAN-NOVA"

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as founded in 1929. Since the very beginning the range of our main activities has included: manufacture of ship equipment, industrial cranes and machinery for internal transport. Nowadays we are a leader in the manufacture of ship equipment in Croatia and one of the manufacturers with the longest tradition in this part of Europe.

The management system of Vulkan-Nova conforms to the Quality Management System standard ISO 9001:2015. Our company was certified for the scope of design and manufacture of cranes and ship equipment by the certification body Det Norske Veritas in December 2007. In addition to the aforementioned certificate we would like to emphasize that the entire production is constantly supervised by our quality control department.

Our primarily customer-focused company is committed to providing our customers with superior products made of high-quality raw materials and components. Our reputation of a leading Croatian manufacturer of deck equipment and cranes has been built by applying the innovative manufacturing technologies and by insisting on the constant and intensive quality improvement strategies.

Our design office can provide customized solutions to meet various customers’ requests. Our primary goal is to increase our market share through continuous improvement of product and service quality, competitive prices and on-time delivery.

Almost 90 years of experience, high quality of our products, services and competitive prices have resulted in gratifying number of customers who have demonstrated their confidence in our company.

TRADITION THAT LASTS

1929

Company was founded

• Our company was originally established under the name of SILA at the address: Ružić Street 17

• After World War I on the right bank of the River Rječina there was a developed industry with a long tradition. On Sušak side of the River Rječina river there was no important industry except for Paper mill and the shipyard at Kraljevica. Simultaneously with the expansion of the port of Sušak a need for a range of ship- and ship equipment repair activities was emerging. Until then all the repairs had been carried out either in Rijeka with great difficulty due to a border or in Zagreb which is almost 200 km away from Sušak.

• These were the primary prerequisites which initiated the idea of establishing marine mechanical workshop which soon became known under the name of VULKAN.
Several wealthy people from Sušak realized their intention to establish a craft workshop for repairing ship deck equipment as well as other industrial appliances. They started in a tiny and inadequate space in the industrial part of Sušak in Ružić Street.

• These were the primary prerequisites which initiated the idea of establishing marine mechanical workshop which soon became known under the name of VULKAN.
Several wealthy people from Sušak realized their intention to establish a craft workshop for repairing ship deck equipment as well as other industrial appliances. They started in a tiny and inadequate space in the industrial part of Sušak in Ružić Street.

1933

Changing a company name from Sila to VULKAN

• The company „VULKAN – marine mechanical workshop and foundry“ was registered on February 28, 1933 at the Commercial Register of the District Court at Sušak. The owner was Metod Tomljenović, a shipmaster from Sušak. The accountant was Ivan Tomljenović from Sušak (he was probably the owner’s brother). The two of them were registered as company authorized officers.

• Soon after establishing VULKAN started providing maintenance services and repairs of ships and ship equipment as well as various production facilities. Services were provided for Jadranska plovidba Sušak, shipowners: Matković from Split, Borović from Sušak, Tripković from Trieste, Atlantska plovidba Sušak, factories of soap, paper and plywood from Sušak and for many others.

1945

Vulkan became socially owned company

Vulkan became „Vulkan – state foundry and marine mechanical workshop“ at Sušak, owned by People’s Republic of Croatia.
1948

Vulkan moved from Ružić Street to the current location at „Plumbum“- the site of the former Lead factory

• Vulkan moved from Ružić Street to the current location at „Plumbum“- the site of the former Lead factory

• After moving the factory was producing:
hand anchor winches, motor-driven cargo winches, chain and wire steering gears, hand operated mooring winches, electric cargo winches, bilge pumps, equipment for trawlers, etc

• Auxiliary ship engines were also manufactured and a foundry with a pattern shop supported the production process. In addition, the foundry tried to create its own product and at the beginning of 1950s the castings for diesel motors for the factory Torpedo were cast. In the period from 1950 to 1951 a crane for filling blast furnace of Sisak steel mill was manufactured and assembled on site.

1950

Number of employed workers

In 1950 Vulkan had 397 workers with a tendency to increase number of employees.
1952

Chemical laboratory was established

A chemical laboratory was founded within the technical control department of Vulkan. It included a laboratory for a rapid analysis of each batch of cast steel and a mechanical laboratory.
1953

Manufacturing of steel castings started

Till 1953 foundry had cast grey cast iron and bronze castings and then it gradually shifted to steel castings.That was a crucial moment for the prosperity of the foundry which became a recognized producer of carbon, alloyed and high-alloyed steel cast.
1955

``Factory of cranes and foundry VULKAN“

Changing a company name from „Vulkan –state foundry and marine mechanical workshop“ to “Factory of cranes and foundry VULKAN“ Rijeka.
1962

Production of grey cast iron castings ceased

1984

Number of employees is increasing

In 1984 a number of employees increased to 1399.
1992

Four independent companies

Company VULKAN Factory of cranes and foundry Rijeka divided into four independent companies:
• Vulkanlijev
• Vulkan – dibo
• Vulkan – servis
• Vulkantrans.
In the same year through the process of privatization all four newly founded companies became joint stock companies. Vulkan-dibo continued to produce cranes and ship equipment.
2000

Opening of bankruptcy proceedings

The Commercial Court in Rijeka opened a bankruptcy proceedings over Vulkan-dibo d.d. Rijeka.
2006

VULKAN-NOVA was founded

The companies STROJOPROMET – ZAGREB d.o.o. Zagreb and RAM d.o.o. Rijeka bought Vulkan-dibo in bankruptcy and founded a new company under the name of VULKAN-NOVA d.o.o. A new company continued with previously registered business activities:

• production of equipment for shipbuilding industry and cranes
• production of metal constructions, bearings, gears and spare parts for products from the production range
• services in the field of engineering, designing and consulting.

2017

Nowadays

Nowadays a company VULKAN-NOVA has between 90 and 130 employees.

Mr. Rajko Vukelić

Director and manager

He was born on March 11,1954 at Novi Vinodolski where he finished the elementary school. After completing Technical School for Mechanical Engineering and Shipbuilding in Rijeka he got job at the company „Viševica“Bribir as a technologist in the production planning department.

In 1976 he joined a company „Brodomaterijal“ Rijeka where he worked as a tools sales officer and then as a tool department manager till the beginning of 1991 when he got a job in the privately owned company „Strojopromet-Zagreb from Šenkovec. He worked as a commercial representative and a manager of the branch office in Rijeka till the end of 1997 when Mr. Stjepan Kraljić, his colleague and the owner of „Strojopromet-Zagreb“ and he bought a privately owned company „RAM“ d.o.o. and became its co-owner and director.

„RAM“ manufactures the autogenous welding and cutting equipment. It is the only company in Croatia which successfully meets the needs of a complete Croatian shipbuilding industry in the field of autogenous cutting of ferrous metals. RAM participated in production of metal constructions in all states of former Yugoslavia.

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He bought a bankrupt factory of ship equipment and cranes „Vulkan-Dibo“ which was founded in 1929. In 2006 he became a director of a newly founded company „Vulkan-Nova“. The company continued with the production of ship equipment and cranes and all existing 88 employees continued to work for the new owner.

Nowadays the company has 120 employees and the production has almost doubled in comparison to 2006. As a result of a successful cooperation with the Norwegian, Russian and Italian business partners most of the equipment from our ship programme is being exported. So far over the last 80 years, almost 1,000 vessels have been outfitted with our ship equipment.

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