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Winners of WAN-IFRA’s International Color Quality Club 2018-2020

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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

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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