Project Details


SUBSPRINT is a technology transfer project, supported by the EU SPRINT-programme, to promote the substitution of mineral-oil based volatile, organic solvents with vegetable agents (VCA)for cleaning purposes in the offset printing industry. The starting point was the Danish experience, that VCA can replace organic solvents in cleaning sheet-fed printing presses, based on work by Danish printers and vegetable oil suppliers. The project was extended several times and finally comprised 12 European countries. Important lessons from the project are: Technically a broad interdisciplinary knowledge is required. Due to the high integration of the elements of production, a change in one single process effects all other elements. European co-operation in such a large project requires a common set of thinking, very clear internal rules and structures to have a synergistic effect as basis of success. Concerning the dissemination the most successful strategy seems to be a combination of the innovative parts of the providers and the users side with "born promoters" being suppliers, raw material producers, and - in many cases - vocational training schools.
Effective start/end date01/01/199030/09/1996

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • Technological Institute of Iceland (Project partner)
  • Danmarks Økologiske Jordbrugsfond (Project partner)
  • Københavns Tekniske Skole (Project partner)
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. (Project partner)
  • Societa Nazionale Operatori della Prevenzione, Parma (Project partner)
  • University of Amsterdam (Project partner)
  • Institutet för Medieteknik (Project partner)
  • Kooperationsstelle Hamburg (Project partner)
  • Greater Manchester Hazards Centre (Project partner)
  • (Project partner)
  • Comissions Obreres del P.V. (Project partner)
  • London South Bank University (Project partner)
  • Inter-Eco (Project partner)
  • ppm Forshung und Beratung (Project partner)


  • Social Protection Innovative Investment in Long-Term Care


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