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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. Four 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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  • From left: Prabhu Natrajan, Manfred Werfel
    2017-07-13 16:13
    The next round of the International Color Quality Club is approaching and will bring some important changes. Reason enough to inquire about our colleagues. World News Publishing Focus spoke with the new project manager of the Color Quality Club, Prabhu Natrajan, and WAN-IFRA Deputy CEO Manfred Werfel. Read more ...
  • International Color Quality Club 2018–2020
    2017-06-18 08:02
    WAN-IFRA issued press releases in English, Spanish and German language to inform about the wider scope of the International Color Quality Club: It is open for all kind of newspapers and magazines worldwide. Read more ...
  • 2017-02-03 10:52
    Druckhaus Nürnberg GmbH & Co. KG prints the newspaper titles of Verlag Nürnberger Presse. Last year the print plant became a member of the WAN-IFRA Star Club after five consequtive succesful participations in the International Newspaper Color Quality Club (INCQC). Read more ...
  • 2017-01-26 17:28
    An excursion in summer 2016 led to Westphalian Münster, a German city of both historical and current economic and political importance. Read more ...
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  • 2016-10-21 09:20
    ABP Pvt. Ltd., publishers of Anandabazar Patrika and The Telegraph, India, follows certain guiding principle for identifying and analyzing waste minimization, treatment and its final disposal. We asked Mr. Pratim Dutta, Senior Manager - Sourcing, ABP about their experiences in waste management and treatment. Read more ...
  • 2016-06-16 12:02
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  • 2016-06-15 09:45
    The new members of the International Newspaper Color Quality Club 2016–2018 (INCQC) have been determined: 86 newspaper titles produced by 65 publishing and printing companies in 26 countries have achieved membership for two years. Read more ...
  • 2016-04-27 14:19
    27.04.2016 – Four Jury members from different parts of the world will join together to evaluate the General Print Quality of newspaper copies submitted by 128 participants for the International Newspaper Color Quality Club (INCQC) 2016-18 competition. Read more ...
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Related Microsites

  • Since 2005, WAN-IFRA has certified several newspaper printing plants based on ISO 12647-3. Use the certification to improve production workflows, quality level, staff know-how, and market position.
  • World Printers Forum, the Print Community within WAN-IFRA
    The World Printers Forum (WPF) is an organisation of newspaper printers and suppliers within WAN-IFRA. It promotes the power of print and the sustainability of print production.

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