Making pulp from recycled paper

Our paper is made exclusively from recycled fibres. Starting in 2023, we no longer use wood fibres to make our newsprint.

At Norske Skog Golbey, we manufacture the paper pulp for our newsprint ourselves. Producing our own paper pulp gives us greater flexibility in the management of our supplies and control over the quality of our finished products.

To make our paper pulp, we use 450,000 tonnes of newspapers, magazines and advertisements. This is equivalent to the sorted waste collection from about 60% of households in France.

By buying the paper to be recycled from our suppliers, we offer them a waste management solution that is both economical and ecological.

Key figures


Newspapers, magazines, printed leaflets and ads

450,000 tonnes

Annual consumption


82% domestic waste sorting,

18% industrial users

450 km

Supply radius around the mill

norske skog golbey papier NSG Pates a papiers recuperes

Manufacturing paper

Always focused on customer satisfaction, we pay particular attention to the manufacture and traceability of our paper reels. Our mill has two of the best-performing paper machines in Europe. One of them is currently being converted to make containerboard that will be sold to corrugators.

Regardless of the machine and the type of paper, the fundamental steps in papermaking have been the same for centuries:

Forming the sheet – pressing it – drying it

Thanks to our modern mill and techniques, we can produce over 300,000 tonnes of newsprint per year.

Key figures

PM 2

Machine length: 130 m

Machine width: 10 m

Machine height: 9.5 m

Speed: 90 to 110 km/h

Weight of a mother reel: 50 tonnes

Width of a mother reel: 9 metres

norske skog golbey papier NSG Sheet of paper runs


Finishing involves taking a mother reel of paper and cutting it into smaller reels. To do this, we have two automated winding machines that take the sheet, cut it to the size required by our customers and wind it automatically.

The role of our winders is still essential, though, because they carry out visual checks and hardness tests on each reel before the packaging process, which is also automatic.

The packaging line measures the characteristics of the reel and checks that it meets the customer’s needs.

Each reel is carefully packaged for protection before being transported by our conveyor to the warehouse for storage.

Key figures


Weight of a reel: 1 to 3 tonnes

Width: 0.76 to 2.88 metres

Reel diameter: 1 to 1.50 metres

Winding speed: 120 km/h


Storage and shipping

In September 2013, Norske Skog Golbey embarked on the automation of its newsprint storage and shipping warehouse. The entire system was installed gradually, which required significant work and a total investment of about €5 million.

Today, a fleet of 12 automated vehicles takes care of handling of our reels. The benefits have been many:

  • Greater safety for our operators
  • No damaged or spoiled reels
  • Seamless controlled flows
  • Reduced costs
Key figures

Newsprint reel storage building

Area: 20,000m²

Number of lorries shipped: about 40/day

Average number of wagons shipped: 13/night

4.5 km of railway track on site

We still improve the logistics flows at our site

An automatic flow management system has been installed in 2024. This includes number plate readers and check-in kiosks for our visitors and optimise waiting times at the entrance to our site.

We have also constructed an additional building in front of our guard post to accommodate road and rail drivers under the best conditions. It is composed by sanitary facilities with three showers and five toilets and a reception area with vending machines for hot and cold drinks and reception terminals.

Is papermaking part of a circular economy?

Yes, papermaking is a natural part of the circular economy, as newsprint is recyclable up to seven times.

How long has our newsprint been made exclusively from recycled fibres?

Our newsprint has been made from 100% recycled fibres since 2023. Before this, virgin fibres made up 30% of its composition.

Is paper infinitely recyclable? 

The scientific community estimates that paper can be recycled between five and seven times.

Paper is one of the most easily recyclable materials, but it eventually reaches a point where it can no longer be recycled due to the gradual shortening of the fibres each time it is processed. In order for the paper to retain all its properties, “virgin” fibre (from wood) must be added when the pulp is produced.

Only 62% of paper is recycled. So don’t forget to put your paper in the recycling bin, bag or collection point! Every little helps!