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year in which the company was established, the European printing
trade was dominated by letterpress printing techniques and
predominantly had the structure of a craftman's trade. Taking as a
basis his experiences gained in America, Joseph-Otto
Bobst, the younger brother of Henry Bobst who was to be
responsible for the spectacular development of BOBST S.A. Turned
his attention to the problems of rationalisation that existed in
letterpress printing and
introduced the methods of "Form-Test"
to the printers in Europe. “Form Test” means an efficient
preparation of the typographic printing forms outside of the
printing press to cut machine down time and increase productivity
and quality. He set himself up as an independent
businessman and founded FAG (Fournitures
pour les Arts Graphiques),
giving it the legal form of a limited company.
FAG opens subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, France and England.
Manufacturing plant opened in Avenches/Switzerland.
BOBST SA in Prilly, took over FAG’s share capital but FAG
continued to operate as an independent company under the name of