Registrations for ICQC 2020–2022 begin

Contest procedure revised

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The registration for the International Color Quality Club (ICQC) 2020–2022, the global print quality contest for newspapers and magazines, starts from 20 August 2019. Early registering participants will get an opportunity to participate in a free test run during late 2019 and early 2020.

The upcoming edition of the Color Quality Club contest has significant changes in the procedures. The calendar is re-defined to reduce effort and increase competitiveness. The contest period is reduced from three months to one month (March 2020) instead. The participants will have to ship the contest copies only once instead of thrice, as specified earlier.

Flexibility meets comfortability

The ICQC 2020–2022 offers a flexible print schedule that can be chosen by the participants. Participants can choose their own print week during March 2020 considering the print schedule, workloads and manpower.

A brand new feel in the software

The new software interface simplifies and enhances the inference to results. For example, an interactive 3D color gamut model is added in the web report, which can be rotated by 360 degrees to view the outlier portions of the printed color gamut against the target gamut. This will ease the visualization in comparing two color spaces.

Publishers and printers can register one or more publication titles regardless of the printing technology. Publications that succeed the club membership are awarded in October 2020. Additionally, five time winners will be listed in ‘WAN-IFRA Star Club,’ a sort of ‘Hall of Fame’ of the best publication printers in the world.

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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