Lola Ribar d.d.

Lola Ribar d.d. is not only the biggest and oldest Croatian producer of sanitary products and cotton and gauze hygiene products, but also one of the biggest producers in this part of Europe. Experience of nearly a century enables our products to be present on the world market. “Health and care for you” in tune with nature and the highest standars in our philosophy and goal. Our products aim providing help for medical staff and patiens, and for shortening and easing the healing process.

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Lola Ribar d.d. is only Croatian producer of sanitary products and cotton and gauze hygiene products, as well as one of the biggest and oldest producers in this part of Europe. Experience of nearly a century enables our products to be present on the world market.



The workshop gradually started producing bandages and cotton wool. The waterfall on the river Mrežnica was suitable for building a hydro power plant, which provided running power independent of external factors.

By the end of World War II this workshop had developed into one of the most important factories of the time. Like other private property, after the war it was taken away from its owners and nationalised. It was first officially registered on 22 March 1947 under the name Lola Ribar Karlovac Factory of Sanitary Products.
Since then it went through several organizational changes, like the merging with the Marama scarves factory in Turanj in 1950. In 1973 it was again reorganized on the lines of the “Basic Organizations of Associated Labour”, known as OOURs. A year later it merged with the Vrpca OOUR from Krnjak. In 1990, just before the introduction of democracy, the OOURs were dissolved and from then to its transformation into a private company “Lola Ribar” operated as a single socially-owned company. In 1993 “Lola Ribar” became a joint-stock company.
2008 brought restructuring, production and product modernization, the development of marketing activities and positioning.



Our company is well recognized by the use of the finest raw materials from which all kinds of gauze and cotton wool products are produced, used for medical purposes and purposed of personal hygiene. Top finest cotton from which we produce our products is the trademark of our company.

We are one of the leading producers of sanitary products in the area of former Yugoslavia. Company headquarters are located in Zagreb, at Radnička cesta 54, while the factory is located only 60 kilometers from Zagreb, in Karlovac, Rijeka 97. The main activity is the production of gauze and gauze products (all types of gauze: sterile and non-sterile compresses, abdominal bandages, sets, etc.), as well as the production of cotton wool and cotton wool products (zigzag cotton wool, surgical cotton wool, sanitary napkins, cosmetic pads, cotton earbuds etc.). Other registered activities are wholesale and distribution, retail cosmetic and hygiene products and storage. Our activites also cover export and import.
OU annual production is about 11 million m2 of gauze and gauze products, and 400 t of cotton wool and cotton wool products.

Why Choose Lola Ribar?

The top-quality natural materials we use for our products are without synthetic additives. A modern design and a competitive price are the bases of our business philosophy, which our customers have recognized. Another important fact confirms our success – the recognition of our brand by the users of our products is a value that developed through time and which continues to grow.
Lola Ribar d.d., as the leading producer of sanitary products in the region, is always trying to improve quality and provide satisfaction to its customers. One of the goals of our company is to introduce new products and modernize existing ones as we try to keep up with trends of development in the world.


Our Market

50% of our products are sold on the domestic market , and 50% are exported mostly to European countries.
The domestic market share is 60% and is constantly increasing.
We sell our products to hospitals, polyclinics, medical centres and pharmacies around Croatia, through renowned wholesale pharmacies
Our network of commercial travellers enable us to be present in numerous supermarket chains.
Our network of partners in the region is widespread in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania. Germany, Russia and Kazahstan are important markets to which we export.

Caring For The Environment

We continually follow ecological trends as we upgrade our long experience in making products that suit market demands, in order to completely satisfy  our customers. The location of our factory next to the river Mrežnica, which is one of the most beautiful Croatian rivers, is constant motivation in waste management and the prevention of any harmful effects on the environment. All our activities are in compliance with the regulations of the Republic of Croatia, the European Union and the countries with which we do business.


Competition is great, and in order to remain on the market, besides other relevant factors, it  is of crucial importance that we produce high-quality products which have been recognised by our customers over the years.
Confirmation of our quality is that we have been certified to the international standards for quality management since 1998. Today's production system effectively implements the International ISO standards and it is in compliance with the requirements of the European Farmacopeia.
Today company is certified accoding to current internationally recognized standards ISO 9001:2008 and EN ISO 13485: 2012 for Medical Device Standards.
Our quality management system also satisfies the requirements oft he Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC, and therefore our products are CE marked and EC certified.
Lola Ribar d.d. and all its products are enlisted in the Inquest Registry  of medical device manufacturers issued by the ALMP of Croatia.