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

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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.

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