New members join WAN-IFRA Star Club of elite printers


This year 13 new members are joining the WAN-IFRA Star Club of elite printers after the evaluation of the results of the International Color Quality Club 2018–2020 (ICQC) competition for newspapers and magazines.

Membership is presented to a printing company in recognition of outstanding printing quality if it achieves five or more stars by participating successfully in the International Color Quality Club or by obtaining WAN-IFRA certification for standardized printing.

One Star is awarded for each successful ICQC participation in a competition year, independent of the number of successful entries. Two Stars are awarded for the successful WAN-IFRA certification of a printing plant. Certification is valid for two years, after which it can be renewed.

Manfred Werfel, WAN-IFRA’s deputy chief executive office said: “The successful participation in the International Color Quality Club is already a great achievement. However, to successfully prove consistently high print quality over many years is what distinguishes those printers who provide their customers with only the best print products. We welcome the new Star Club members!”

The members

With the addition of 13 new members, Star Club hall of fame count now stands at 49 members in total. New members come from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, India, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Alma Manu (Oy Tampere, Finland)
Casa Editorial El Tiempo S.A. (Bogota, Colombia)
CIL Centre d’Impression (Lausanne-Bussigny, Switzerland)
Druck Carinthia GmbH & Co KG (St. Veit / Glan Austria)
DZB Druckzentrum Bern AG (Bern, Switzerland)
La Voz del Interior S.A. (Cordoba, Argentina)
Landsprent -Arvakur (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Presse-Druck- und Verlags-GmbH (Augsburg, Germany)
Pressedruck Potsdam (Potsdam, Germany)
Printing Partners Paal-Beringen SA (Paal-Beringen, Belgium)
Süddeutscher Verlag Zeitungsdruck (Munich, Germany)
The Printers (Mysore) Pvt. Ltd. (Bengaluru, India)
V-TAB AB (Västerås, Sweden)

New Star Club members will receive recognition during the Networking Night of IFRA World Publishing Expo on 9 October 2018 in Berlin.

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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