India’s Best Printed Newspapers 2018-2020

The special publication from WAN-IFRA

India’s Best Printed Newspapers 2018-2020

The International Color Quality Club (ICQC) contest is conducted by World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), once in every two years since 1994. This print-quality competition for newspaper and magazines recognises the best-printed publications in the world. It also offers the opportunity for newspapers to demonstrate their capability to print color at a consistent level as per the conditions laid down by ISO.

The Color Quality Club is more than a technical printing competition because it offers participating companies the additional possibility to benchmark their printing quality against recognised international standards and improve it. The competition also gives publishers the confidence to innovate and offer different kinds of printed products with very high print quality standards to readers and advertising customers.

A total of 67 publications, newspapers and magazines, produced by 54 publishing and printing companies in 20 countries achieved membership in the International Color Quality Club for this two-year period (2018-2020). Altogether, 121 publications from around the world participated in the latest competition.

15 winning titles from India

The ICQC membership, once filled by leading newspaper titles of the West, began seeing winners from India early in this century. The 23rd edition of the competition in 2018-2020 saw Indian newspaper titles emerge as the largest group in the club with a total of 15 winning titles, from 12 publishing and printing companies. Quite simply, they are “India’s best printed newspapers,” and profiled in an exclusive book published by WAN-IFRA South Asia.

The printed edition of this publication ‘India’s Best Printed Newspapers 2018-2020’ is priced at Rs.500 per copy. The free e-version of this publication can be viewed at Anyone interested to buy printed copies, please write to

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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