Our fields of activity


Welcome to the Civil Engineering Materials Testing Institute (MPA BS) in Braunschweig

  • The Civil Engineering Materials Testing Institute (MPA BS) in Braunschweig is an independent institution in the construction sector, with a focus on fire safety, structural integrity as well as the sealing of structures. They offer tests, expert opinions, monitoring, inspection and certification for manufacturers and distributors of construction products and for construction companies.

    The MPA Braunschweig primarily carries out evaluations and confirmations of compliance of construction products. However, they also have substantial experience in the examination and assessment of the fitness for purpose of structures. This includes concepts for the fire protection of structures and for preservation, as well as expert opinions on fire damage and structural damage.

  • The MPA Braunschweig is recognised and notified by the German building authorities. It is accredited as a testing and calibration laboratory, as well as a certification body.
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    The MPA Braunschweig possesses comprehensive expert knowledge in the construction industry and a broad range of test equipment, in part also for large structural members. It plays a major role in the creation of technical regulations and, where required, has the necessary approvals, notifications, and accreditations.

    The cooperation with the Institute for Building Materials, Concrete Construction & Fire Safety (iBMB) of the Technische Universität (TU Braunschweig) is an important part of the expert network of the MPA Braunschweig.

  • The Minister for Economics Dr Bernd Althusmann on a visit to the MPA In March 2019, the Lower Saxony Minister for Economics, Employment, Transport, and Digitalisation, Dr Bernd Althusmann visited the Materials Testing Institute in Braunschweig. Read more >
  • Our latest customer magazine We are glad to present the first international issue in English of our customer magazine “spectrum” with reports from iBMB and MPA – hot off the press.
    You will find interesting information about testing capabilities, research activities and projects.
    Click here to receive your free copy >
  • Environmental protection We not only focus on cost efficiency – environmental awareness is also of importance to us. As a result, the MPA Braunschweig provides you with fire protection tests that consider the lowest environmental impact. Harmful emissions are reduced to a minimum thanks to modern flue gas cleaning systems.
  • Smoke density and long-term performance Endurance tests and smoke control tests go hand in hand. A smoke control test stand measuring 5.5 m x 5.4 m as well as a total of 20 endurance test stands facilitate tangible cost and time savings. Find out more >
  • Press and publications The MPA Braunschweig is active in a wide range of area. Here you can find a selection of our current activities, such as participation in conferences and meetings together with lectures, as well as publications, e.g. contributions to trade journals or press articles. Find out more >
  • 30 MN test equipment Test machine for stay cable tests and tests of tensioning methods: for compression and tensile tests as well as dynamic tests with extremely high loads – unique in Europe. Find out more >
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