The Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft für Oberflächenbehandlung e.V. (DFO) is a non-profit, neutral, technical-scientific professional association for industrial coating technology in Germany and Europe that was founded in 1949. Nearly 160 Member enterprises of the DFO cover the complete process chain of industrial coating technology, from raw materials through coating systems, application technology up to measurement technology and test engineering. The objective of the DFO is promoting technological and application-oriented collaborative research and its implementation in operational practice.
Besides the active member's network, the DFO contributes to the North Rhine-Westphalia Surface Finish Network the high technical competence of the employees of the DFO office. The DFO co-operates in areas of research with universities, colleges, universities of applied science and other major institutions.

PantaTec GmbH is a member of Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft für Oberflächenbehandlung e.V.