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Wan-Ifra's International Color Quality Club 2018-2020 winners

The winners of the International Color Quality Club 2018-2020 contest (ICQC) has been announced.

67 publications, newspaper and magazines, produced by 54 publishing and printing companies in 20 countries have achieved membership in the ICQC for two years.

Once every two years since 1994 the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, Wan-Ifra, has offered newspapers worldwide an opportunity to demonstrate their colour printing excellence by organising a print-quality competition. In the 23rd edition Wan-Ifra has opened the competition to the magazines as well because many publishing and printing companies are no longer printing only newspapers but magazines as well.

Wan-Ifra Cuboid


This competition has been organised by the World Printers Forum (WPF), the print community within Wan-Ifra. 121 publications from all over the world participated in this year’s competition. The qualified International Color Quality Club members are listed in the attached table in alphabetic order.

Club membership is offered to all companies who have successfully produced high-quality newspapers consistently over an extended time-period by following international printing standards.

The quality evaluation of is composed of two parts – an evaluation based on objective measurements made on a print test element (Wan-Ifra “Cuboid”) that participants must print every day of a specified week per month for a period of three months; and a visual inspection of the general print quality by a jury of international newspaper experts.

Participating companies must meet the defined quality criteria and should print without any common possible quality defects. This competition rewards those companies that not only print within approved international standards but also establish a fool-proof system for print production.

Outstanding quality


“By their successful participation in the competition, the companies have demonstrated that they can supply printing in outstanding quality and offer readers and advertisers high-quality products”, said Manfred Werfel, Wan-Ifra’s deputy CEO. “The Color Quality Club is more than a technical printing competition, as it offers participating companies the additional possibility to benchmark their printing quality against recognised international standards and improve it,” he adds.

A brochure presenting the successful participants and their publications will be available at this year’s Ifra World Publishing Expo from 9 to 11 October in Berlin, Germany. At Ifra World Publishing Expo the new club members will receive their certificates and new members of the Star Club of multiple winners will be honoured. Companies from South and East Asia will collect their certificates during Wan-Ifra India annual conference, 25 to 27 September, in Hyderabad, India.

The full list of members


CompaniesPublicationsPrint/Publication SitesCountries
ABP Pvt LtdThe Telegraph, Anandabazar PatrikaBarasatIndia
Alma Manu OyMoroTampereFinland
Apple Daily Printing LimitedApple Daily (Hong Kong)Tseung Kwan OHong Kong
Apple Daily PublicationApple Daily (Taiwan)Taipei, Shin WuTaiwan
Bennett, Coleman & Co LtdThe Times of IndiaKandivali – Mumbai, Lucknow, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Airoli -Mumbai PuneIndia
Botnia Print OyKeskipohjanmaaKokkolaFinland
British Industries Printing & Packaging Co.Al JaridaSouth SabahnKuwait
Brune-Mettcker Druck-und Verlags- GmbHWilhelmshavener ZeitungWilhelmshavenGermany
Casa Editorial El Tiempo S.A.El Tiempo Bogotá, El Tiempo CaliColombiaColombia
CIL Centre d'Impression Lausanne SALe MatinBussignySwitzerland
Delo d.o.o.DELOLjubljanaSlovenia
Druck Carinthia GmbH & Co KGKleine ZeitungCarinthiaAustria
Druck Styria GmbH & Co KGKleine ZeitungStyriaAustria
Druckerei Konstanz GmbHSüdkurierKonstanzGermany
DZB Druckzentrum Bern AGBerner ZeitungBernSwitzerland
DZZ Druckzentrum Zürich AGTages-AnzeigerZürichSwitzerland
El Colombiano S.A. & CIA. S.C.A.El ColombianoEnvigado-AntioquiaColombia
Express Publications (Madurai) LtdThe New Indian ExpressBangaloreIndia
FAZ -Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbHFrankfurter Rundschau, Frankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungMörfelden-Walldorf, PotsdamGermany
Freiburger Druck GmbH + Co. KGBadische ZeitungFreiburgGermany
Heilbronner Stimme GmbH & Co. KGHeilbronner StimmeHeilbronnGermany
Herold Druck und Verlag AGWiener ZeitungWienAustria
Infoglobo Comunicação e Participações S.A.O GLOBORio de JaneiroBrazil
Jagati Publications LimitedSakashi Telugu DailyBalanagar - Hyderabad, Nacharam-Hyderabad, Nizamabad, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, Kurnool, Anantapur, Kadapa, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Tadepalli Gudem, Mangalagiri, Bangalore, Tirupathi, Nellore, Ongole, Vijayawada, GunturIndia
Jagran Prakashan LtdDainik JagranNoidaIndia
Kaleva365 OyKalevaOuluFinland
La Voz del Interior S.A.La Voz del InteriorCordobaArgentina
Landsprent ehf.MorgunbladidReykjavikIceland
Malayala Manorama Company LtdMalayala Manorama Daily, WeekPathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kollam, Calicut, KottayamIndia
Märkische Verlags-und Druck -Gesellschaft mbH PotsdamMärkische Allgemeine Zeitung (MAZ)PotsdamGermany
Masar Printing and PublishingEmarat Al Youm Al BayanDubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Medios PublicosEl TelegrafoGuayaquilEcuador
Mittelbayerisches Druckzentrum GmbH & Co. KGMittelbayerische ZeitungRegensburgGermany
MM Publications LtdVanitha MalayalamKottayamIndia
Nordkurier Druck GmbH & Co.KGNordkurierNeubrandenburgGermany
Prensa Libre S.A.Prensa LibreGuatemalaGuatemala
Presse, Druck- und Verlags GmbHAugsburger AllgemeineAugsburgGermany
Pressehaus Stuttgart Druck GmbHStuttgarter Nachrichten, Stuttgarter ZeitungStuttgartGermany
Printing Partners Paal – Beringen SAGazet Van AntwerpenPaal - BeringenBelgium
Rheinpfalz Verlag und Druckerei GmbH & Co. KGDie RheinpfalzOggersheimGermany
Russmedia Verlag GmbHNeue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung, Vorarlberger NachrichtenSchwarzachAustria
Sakal Papers Private LimitedSakalPuneIndia
Singapore Press Holdings LtdBerita Harian, Lianhe Zaobao, The Straits TimesSingaporeSingapore
Süddeutscher Verlag Zeitungsdruck GmbHSüddeutsche ZeitungMunichGermany
Telangana Publications Pvt. LtdNamasthe TelanganaHyderabadIndia
The Hindu Group Publishing Private LtdThe HinduBengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, MaduraiIndia
The Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Co LtdThe Mathrubhumi DailyKannur, Thrissur, Kochi, TrivandrumIndia
The Printers (Mysore) Pvt. Ltd.Prajavani, Deccan Herald, Prajavani – Hubli-DharwadHubli-Dharwad, BangaloreIndia
Turkuvaz Haberlesme Ve Yayincilik A.S.SabahIstanbulTurkey
Ungeheuer + Ulmer KG GmbH & Co.Ludwigsburger KreiszeitungLudwigsburgGermany
United Printing & PublishingThe National, Al IttihadAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
Verlag Nürnberger Presse, Druckhaus Nürnberg GmbH & Co.KGNürnberger Zeitung, Nürnberger NachrichtenNürnbergGermany
VRM Druck GmbH & Co. KGDarmstädter Echo, Allgemeine Zeitung MainzRüsselsheimGermany
V-TAB ABVLTVästeråsSweden
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