Newspaper color standards training – Chennai on 11 December 2017

Newspaper color standards training – Chennai on 11 December 2017

Printing consistently that produces quality results over time should be a habit and one of the strategic objectives of an advanced newspaper house. This objective is the most critical for the satisfaction of advertisers and readers of a newspaper. In order to achieve this goal, process control procedures and proven standards like ISO 12647-3 have to be established and practiced.

The one-day training program on International Color Quality, scheduled on 11 December 2017, aims to cover the specifications of ISO 12647-3, its relation to the ICQC competition and the role of the quality of newsprint and ink in achieving compliance to the standard. This training will help understand the concepts of color quality in newspapers, to achieve ISO 12647-3 compliance and ICQC membership.

Introduction to ISO 12647-3
Standardizing raw materials for ISO 12647-3 implementation
ICQC 2018-20 – Approaches to win ICQC membership
Implementing ISO 12647-3 in a newspaper production facility
Densitometry and colorimetry

Prabhu Natarajan, research engineer at WAN-IFRA South Asia, who is responsible for activities at WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre, Chennai. He is also the project manager for International Color Quality Club (ICQC) 2018-20.

Very few seats are available! For more information, download the brochure. Send your registrations to

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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