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Materials & Environment

The research area covers the properties of individual materials (e.g. printing inks, substrates) and their behaviour in the printing process (e.g. curing, change of properties due to the printing process) as well as the interaction of individual components (e.g. adhesion, emulsion formation). Furthermore, environmental compatibility and energy optimisation are important topics.

Focus areas

Mineral oil

Since the publication of the suspected mineral oil contamination of chocolate from Advent calendars 2012 in Germany, the topic has become a focal point in the german printing industry and thus also in Fogra's research activities.


As a result of its many years of activities in the field of the certification of fountain concentrates, Fogra has built up considerable expertise in the area of corrosion and has repeatedly dealt with this topic in research projects.

UV printing

Fogra has been accompanying the development of radiation-curing printing inks for a very long time with a large number of research projects and invites the industry to the established Forum UV printing (“Anwenderforum UV-Druck”) every two years to discuss the latest trends and findings.

Reseach projects

Communication of metrological parameters to describe the metallic appearance of prints

Offset printing   11/01/2018

Objective parameters are to be established which correlate with the visual impression of printed metal surfaces.

Development of a printable primer system for direct glass printing

Materials & Environment   11/01/2018

The adhesion of UV-curable inkjet prints on glass bottles has not yet been satisfactorily solved. This is the point research starts.

Laboratory method for the practical and reproducible determination of the residual strength of papers for heatset web offset printing

Offset printing   04/01/2018

The research project will further develop an existing laboratory method for testing residual strength.

Modelling the printing behaviour in sheet-fed offset printing on the basis of measurable paper properties

Offset printing   04/01/2018

The aim is to determine the factors influencing solid tone colouring and tone value increases in sheet-fed offset on the paper side.

Reduction of "Picture Framing" in sheet-fed offset printing through targeted selection of material and application parameters

Offset printing   01/31/2018

The research project aims to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms by which “Picture Framing” occurs.

Test system for the evaluation of wettability and surface purity

Materials & Environment   01/01/2018

Test inks to deterimine the wetability of surfaces (polar / dispers) as well as application and evaluation units habe been developed.


Revision of the test standard for assessing the corrosiveness of damping solutions for offset printing

Materials & Environment   05/01/2017

Is it possible to perform the current corrosion test on fountain concentrates less time consuming and cheaper?


Technical Committee Material & Environment (1/2021)

Materials & Environment   03/18/2021

The spring meeting of the Technical Committee Material & Environment takes place on 18th March 2021.


Technical Committee Materials & Environment (2/2020)

Materials & Environment   10/15/2020

The automn meeting of the Technical committee Materials & Environment takes place on 15th October 2020.


Dr Philipp Stolper

Head of Materials & Environment

+49 89 431 82 - 354

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