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International Color Quality Club

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  • The International Color Quality Club is the only worldwide quality printing competition for newspapers. It has been organised every two-years since 1994 by WAN-IFRA. The competition is open to all newspapers and magazines and all printing plants, independent of the printing processes and materials used.
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  • WAN-IFRA offers tutorials in which participants in the ICQC competition can familiarise themselves with the relevant ISO standards and ICQC rules.
  • Membership to the Star Club is awarded to a company in recognition of outstanding printing quality. Achieve 5 or more stars by participating successfully in the International Color Quality Club or by obtaining WAN-IFRA certification for standardised printing.
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International Color Quality Club

The International Color Quality Club (ICQC) is the only worldwide printing quality competition for newspapers and magazines. Its goal is to improve the quality of reproduction and printing, while also increasing competitiveness as well as training and motivating all personnel. The competition  has been held every two years since 1994.

Publications that participate with success are awarded membership for a two-year period in the exclusive club of top-quality titles. Multiple winners and participants in the WAN-IFRA certification project also have the prospect of being awarded membership of the Star Club.

Publishers and printers can register one or more publication titles for the competition, regardless of the printing technology. Five technical categories cover all possibilities.

For Fees and Conditions for Participants see the article on the left. In the Download Area on the right you find the detailed instructions and the “Cuboid” test file.

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