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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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  • 2014-07-15 15:25
    WAN-IFRA recently announced the members of the International Newspaper Color Quality Club (INCQC) for 2014-2016. Among this year's members is Guatemala's Prensa Libre. In this edited interview, the newspaper's production manager, Erick Morales, discusses why his paper entered the contest, the challenges it faced and the benefits it sees from belonging to the INCQC. Read more ...
  • 2014-05-28 11:00
    The new members of the International Newspaper Color Quality Club 2014–2016 have been determined: 77 publishing and printing companies from 26 countries have achieved membership. Read more ...
  • 2014-03-18 10:19
    After the first print test for this contest has finished, the jury rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Read more ...
  • 2014-02-24 12:37
    Fons Put works as senior innovation consultant for VIGC, the Flemish Innovation Center for Graphic Communication. His contribution refers to the new colour measuring equipment (eXact from X-Rite) that WAN-IFRA has chosen for the evaluations for the International Newspaper Color Quality Club 2014–2016 contest. Read more ...
  • 2014-01-20 09:07
    Once again the renowned International Newspaper Color Quality Club starts anew for its 2014-2016 turn. By the time of closure of registration, over 160 titles have registered for the bi-annual quality contest which shows that it still enjoys great popularity. Read more ...
  • 2013-08-16 15:12
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  • 2012-11-05 09:00
    At the World Publishing Expo 2012, the new members of the Star Club were announced. They all have five times successfully participated in the International Newspaper Color Quality Club competition. Read more ...
  • 2012-11-05 08:44
    More than 200 members of the International Newspaper Color Quality Club 2012–2014, sponsors, supporters and representatives of companies awarded Star Club membership celebrated their success at the Awards Dinner on Wednesday, 31 October 2012. WAN-IFRA invited them to the ballroom of the Marriott Hotel near the Frankfurt fairground. Read more ...
  • 2012-06-08 07:23
    Eighty-one publishing and printing companies from 29 countries have been welcomed into the 2012–2014 WAN-IFRA International Newspaper Color Quality Club, the elite group of publications that demonstrate exceptional color printing and the value it brings to readers and advertisers alike. Read more ...
  • 2012-03-26 17:38
    From 12-16 March, the general printing quality of the newspaper copies entered by 192 participants for the International Newspaper Color Quality Club competition were examined and judged from the newspaper reader’s point of view. Read more ...

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