Twelve Indian publishers lead 54 publishers list

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WAN-IFRA has announced the winners of the International Color Quality Club 2018–2020 contest (ICQC). 67 publications, newspaper and magazines, produced by 54 publishing and printing companies in 20 countries have achieved membership in the ICQC for two years.

Once every two years since 1994, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has offered newspapers worldwide an opportunity to demonstrate their color printing excellence by organizing a print-quality competition. In the 23rd edition, WAN-IFRA has opened the competition to the magazines as well because many publishing and printing companies are no longer printing only newspapers but magazines as well.

The competition has been organized by the World Printers Forum (WPF), the print community within WAN-IFRA. 121 publications from all over the world participated in this year’s competition. The qualified International Color Quality Club members are listed in the attached table in alphabetic order.

Club membership is offered to all companies who have successfully produced high-quality newspapers consistently over an extended time-period by following international printing standards.

The quality evaluation of submissions is composed of two parts – an evaluation based on objective measurements made on a print test element (WAN-IFRA ‘Cuboid’) that participants must print every day of a specified week per month for a period of three months; and a visual inspection of the general print quality by a jury of international newspaper experts. Participating companies must meet the defined quality criteria and should print without any common possible quality defects. This competition rewards those companies that not only print within approved international standards but also establish a fool-proof system for print production.

“By their successful participation in the competition, the companies have demonstrated that they can supply printing in outstanding quality and offer readers and advertisers high-quality products,” said Manfred Werfel, deputy chief executive officer, WAN-IFRA. “The Color Quality Club is more than a technical printing competition, as it offers participating companies the additional possibility to benchmark their printing quality against recognized international standards and improve it,” he adds.

A brochure presenting the successful participants and their publications will be available at this year’s IFRA World Publishing Expo from 9 to 11 October in Berlin, Germany. At IFRA World Publishing Expo, the new Club members will receive their certificates and new members of the Star Club of multiple winners will be honoured. Companies from South and East Asia will collect their certificates during WAN-IFRA India annual conference, 25 to 27 September, in Hyderabad, India.

The full list of members of the International Color Quality Club 2018-2020 can be found at the following link: http://wan-ifra.org/node/190941

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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