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.

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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