Service Provider for the Printing Industrie
The objective of Fogra Forschungsgesellschaft Druck e.V. [Fogra Graphic Technology Research Association] is to promote print engineering and its future-oriented technologies in the fields of research and development, and to enable the printing industry to utilize the results of this activity. To this end the association maintains its own institute, with about 60 staff membersincluding engineers, chemists and physicists.The estimated budget for 2007 is approximately € 5,5 million. About 20 % of this is made up of membership fees.
Research grants from the Federal German Government, the state of Bavaria and the German Printing And Media Industries Federation (bvdm) account for roughly 36 %, with the principal share of 32 % coming from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology for the support of “Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung (IGF)” via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF).
About 40 % of the revenues are generated from other Fogra activities. These consist of technical reports, contract research, the sale of quality control devices, vocational training, and a literature database.
The remaining revenues are made up of donations and other receipts. The donations are usually equipment or printing papers for research purposes.
Fogra has about 700 members. About two third them are graphic art businesses operating in fields ranging from prepress through to bookbinding, while the remaining third are suppliers. A third of the members are based outside Germany.
The Technical Committees, responsible for various specialist topics, are a central part of Fogra. In these committees, specialists from printing businesses, and Fogra staff, define industry problems which are to be studied. The progress and results of work are also discussed at the Committee meetings. Thus the Committees fulfil a creative and a monitoring function. At the same time they characterise the work style of a collective research institute which meets the needs of the printing industry.