Deutsche Gesellschaft für Galvano- und Oberflächentechnik e. V. DGO

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Galvano- und Oberflächentechnik DGO e.V. (DGO) was established 1961 as a non-profit and independent technical organisation. The task is to concentrate the technical and research activities within the branch of plating and surface engineering. The organisation represents at present time about 700 persons and about 150 institutions of the plating branch.

Since 2000, the DGO co-operates with the ZVO (Zentralverband Oberflächentechnik, Central Agency of Surface Technique) and represents the technical and research activities within the ZVO.

Based on activities like project work, scientific committees and co-operations with other organisations (e.g. VDI, VDA, VDMA) the DGO reaches directly about 40% of the plating companies in Germany (numbers increasing).

The objectives of the DGO are the propagation, deepening and dissemination of knowledge in the field of surface engineering. The activities are based on the work of 15 committees of specialists and 16 regional organisations. The honorary work of the various boards will be used to obtain input from sector experts and SME members and establishing links for wider co-operation and dissemination. The members of the various boards are equally representing industry (especially SME) as well as universities and research institutions.

As a member of the AiF (Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen, German Federation of Industrial Co-operative Research Associations), the DGO initiates and accompanies research projects which are important for the innovation and future development of the industry of surface engineering.

The results of the various activities and information will be presented regularly on workshops and annual conferences. Furthermore, specific brochures about important technical results inform the companies and other.

Managerial expertise

Some general Management activities: 

  1. Development of efficient plating processes
  2. Preparation of guidelines for sustainable plating processes
  3. Analysis and comparison of coating technologies
  4. Organising conferences and fairs

Attendance in the following projects and coordination activities (amongst others):

  1. FP6 Large scale collaborative project IONMET “New Ionic Liquid Solvent Technology to Transform Metal Finishing Products and Processes”, with 33 partners; coordination of the German contribution to the project as well as in charge of dissemination among industrial SMEs and related practical testing and assessment of results
  2. Preparation of legislative proposals and White papers
  3. Coordinating CIP-EIP Europe INNOVA Project REMake - Recycling and Resource Efficiency driving innovation in European Manufacturing SMEs, since 2009


DGO Deutsche Gesellschaft für Galvano- und Oberflächentechnik e. V.

Itterpark 4
40724 Hilden

Karl-Hermann Klobes

+ 49 2103-255650


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IGF Vorhaben 104 EBG

Das IGF Vorhaben

(Engl.): 104 EBG Alternative Coatings To Cadmium & Hard Chromium With Potential for 2nd Generation Developments (Alti2de)

(De.): 104 EBG Alternative Beschichtungen aus Cadmium und Hart-Chrom mit Potential für die Zweitgenerationsentwicklung (Alti2de)

der Forschungsvereinigung

DGO Deutsche Gesellschaft für Galvano- und Oberflächentechnik e. V.
Itterpark 4
40724 Hilden

wurde über die AiF im Rahmen des Programms zur Förderung der industriellen Gemeinschaftsforschung (IGF) vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages gefördert. 

Project Partner

Technische Universität Ilmenau - Project Partner alti2de

Karl-Hermann Klobes

Karl-Hermann Klobes

mobile: + 49 (0) 151 - 614 36 536

e-mail: khklobes@gmx.de