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.

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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