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Research & Material Testing Centre

Research & Material Testing Centre

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WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre (RMTC), based in Chennai is a one stop centre for Material testing, training and consulting needs for newspaper production

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Charter of the Centre

  • Acts as an independent institute
  • Identify the characteristics of materials and consumables of printing houses
  • Create comparable test results across the industry
  • Trouble shooting: Compare delivery against specifications
  • Qualifies new materials in comparison to already used materials
  • Bring out industry research reports
  • Offer training and consulting solutions on key production topics


The Centre offers a wide range of services for the newspaper industry

Testing services offered

The Centre offers the following testing services:

1. Conformance of Newsink to ISO 2846-2

A scientific study to find the conformance of Newsink to ISO 2846-2, ISO standard for cold-set web-offset inks.

2. Basic & Optical Characteristics

  • Grammage
  • Paper shade
  • Printed colour values (ink on paper)
  • Print density
  • Fineness of ink

3. Printability Testing

  • Ink requirement
  • Print through
  • Colour picking
  • Wet on wet printing with two colours
  • Set off
  • Strike through

4. Quality Evaluation Service (QES)

Print quality evaluation service is a need-based service from the WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre, India, to assess the quality of newspaper print reproduction. This service aims to help the participants stay in conformance with ISO 12647-3 consistently.

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Training and consulting solutions

Simulated Press training

Train your pressmen at the state-of-the-art Simulated Press Training facility at RMTC. Training in the simulator is exactly like training in a real press.

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Other training and consulting solutions

RMTC offers a wide range of training and consulting solutions for the newspaper industry.

  • Mechanical audit of printing press
  • Quality audit and improvement
  • ISO 12647-3 implementation
  • Densitometry and Colorimetry
  • Carbon foot print evaluation
  • Newsprint and Newsink standardisation
  • 3D Printing

Research reports

WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre is committed to carry out research on topics specific to Indian newspaper industry. In the last two years, the centre has conducted research on newsprint and newsink problems specific to Indian news publishing industry. The topics include

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Anandaramakrishnan Srinivasan


2014-06-17 14:07

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WAN-IFRA announces a series of Simulated Press Training programs to be held at WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre. The training program will be conducted once in every six months


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Anandaramakrishnan Srinivasan


2011-06-10 10:32

WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre in Chennai has produced a number of research reports focused on newspaper production.


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