India’s Best Printed Newspapers 2018-2020

The special publication from WAN-IFRA

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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 www.wan-ifra.org/indiawinners. Anyone interested to buy printed copies, please write to prabhu.n@wan-ifra.org.

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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