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Safety first – for man and machine

We deal with all aspects of consumables and auxiliaries required for the printing process as well as printing inks, taking into account environmental compatibility and sustainability.


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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.


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Monitoring and decontamination of fountain solution circuits

Materials & Environment   03/27/2024

Process developent for monitoring and minimising microbial contamination in the fountain solution cycle on the basis of AIE active photosensitisers.

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Increased economic efficiency and sustainability of print production with heatset offset presses through independence from natural gas

Offset printing   01/01/2023

The research project is intended to help make print production with heatset offset presses more economical and sustainable.

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Mackle and CO2 savings through paper-dependent pre-adjustment of sheet-fed offset presses

Offset printing   08/31/2022

The aim is to establish a new paper characteristic value that allows to predict the expected solid tone densities and tone value increases.

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Visual and metrological characterization of metallic effects to increase process reliability in packaging printing

Prepress technology   06/01/2022

The aim is to clarify which properties in human perception are responsible for the expression of the metallic effect.

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Printing standard for seven-colour offset packaging printing

Offset printing   09/01/2021

The aim is to characterise OGV printing inks, folding boxboard and label papers on the market using laboratory techniques.

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Material compatibility and deinking of mineral oil free Coldset inks

Offset printing   03/01/2021

The aim is to improve the deinkability of mineral oil-free newspaper inks and to establish a new reference set for the swelling behavior.

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On-demand inactivation

Materials & Environment   02/01/2021

An antimicrobial hydrogel is to be developed.

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Communication of characteristic values describing the metallic appearance of prints

Offset printing   10/31/2020

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

Laboratory method residual strength of paper

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

Offset printing   03/31/2020

Within the scope of the research project, an already existing laboratory method for testing the residual strength is to be further developed.

Inkjet printing test device

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.

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

Offset printing   04/30/2018

The paper-side factors influencing solid tone colouring and tone value increases in sheet-fed offset are to be determined.

Pictureframing imprint

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

Offset printing   03/31/2018

Within the framework of the research project, a better understanding of the development mechanisms of "Picture Framing" is to be achieved.

Test inks polar

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.

fountain concentrates dunk test

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?


Our customers come from various sectors, from the supply industry (e.g. printing inks, paper, fountain concentrates and washing agents) to printers and printing press manufacturers.

Regardless of whether you want to have a material tested by us or have a damage case assessed by Fogra, we will be happy to help you. The easiest way is to contact us by telephone with your request and we will discuss the procedure together.

It can also be advantageous, particularly in the case of damage investigations, if you first send us some samples for a non-binding and rough examination.

The laboratory of Fogra

You can have a wide range of tests carried out on your consumables and printed products as well as investigations into the curing of UV prints. We find causes and solutions for problems that have occurred. In addition to quality assurance tests, Fogra offers assistance at any time in the event of damage.



approval testing of fountain concentrates and washing agents for sheet-fed and web offset printing presses

An important aspect is the approval testing of fountain concentrates and washing agents for sheet-fed and web offset printing presses. Fogra also certifies many other consumables and additives required for the printing process as well as printing inks.


Dr Philipp Stolper

Head of Materials & Environment

+49 89 431 82 - 354

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You are welcome to contact us for all questions concerning material testing and approval. And if you have problems with one of your products, we are the right contact for you. We work hand in hand for you and with you.

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12th Fogra user forum UV-Print

Material & Umwelt   09/08/2022

On 6 and 7 September the User Forum UV Printing of the Fogra Research Institute took place for the 12th time in Munich/Aschheim. 17 speakers reported…

Blick ins Auditorium des Anwenderforums UV-Druck

"On-demand" inactivation

Material & Umwelt   12/01/2021

Technological innovation for your press: a current research project aims to ensure that antimicrobial active substances are only released to the…

Fogra on demand concept