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The world’s best printers: Winners of colour printing contest announced for 2016-2018

The world’s best printers: Winners of colour printing contest announced for 2016-2018

Paris, Frankfurt – 2016-06-20

The new members of WAN-IFRA's International Newspaper Color Quality Club 2016–2018 (INCQC) have been announced by WAN-IFRA: 85 newspaper titles produced by 64 publishing and printing companies in 26 countries have achieved membership 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. Newspapers that succeed in qualifying for inclusion in the list of the world’s best printers can draw on this distinction to optimise their work processes, motivate their personnel, improve their standing among their readers, and impress demanding advertising customers.

Participating in this year’s competition were 128 companies from all over the world.  The below table shows all members of the Color Quality Club 2016–2018 in alphabetic order.

Club membership is offered to all companies that show they can produce high-quality newspapers consistently over an extended time period. Evaluation of newspapers is divided into two parts – an evaluation based on objective measurements made on a test element (WAN-IFRA Cuboid) that newspapers have to print every day of one week per month for a period of three months; and a visual inspection by a jury of international newspaper experts. Participating newspapers must prove that they can consistently print in accordance with proven international quality standards and also ensure that the newspaper copy is clean and free of quality defects.

With their successful participation in the competition, the companies have demonstrated that they can supply newspaper printing of outstanding quality and offer readers and advertisers high-quality products.

The Color Quality Club is more than a technical printing competition, since it offers participating companies the additional possibility to benchmark their printing quality against recognised international standards and improve it.

“INCQC 2016-18 was tougher than the previous editions of the competition. We asked newspapers to print the WAN-IFRA Cuboid test element every day of one week per month for three consecutive months, and we picked the date for evaluating the copies,” said Manfred Werfel, Deputy CEO of WAN-IFRA. “Still, 64 companies have secured membership into this prestigious club. It is proof that quality continues to be a passionate area for printers and they are committed to produce high-quality products for their readers and advertisers,” he added.

A brochure presenting the successful participants and their newspaper titles will be available at this year’s World Publishing Expo from 10 to 12 October in Vienna, Austria. More about the International Newspaper Color Quality Club and the World Publishing Expo can be found at and

  Company Newspaper title(s) Printing site(s) Country
1 ABP Pvt Ltd Anandabazar Patrika, The Telegraph Barasat, Kolkata India
2 Advanced Central Services The Grand Rapid Press Walker USA
3 Al Nisr Publishing Gulf News, XPress Dubai United Arab Emirates
4 Alma Manu Oy Kauppalehti Tampere Finland
5 Apple Daily Printing Limited Apple Daily (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Hong Kong
6 Apple Daily Publication Development Limited, Taiwan Branch Apple Daily (Taiwan) Taipei, Shin Wu  Taiwan
7 Aschendorff Druckzentrum GmbH & Co. KG

Westfälische Nachrichten

Münster Germany
8 Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd Maharashtra Times, The Times of India Airoli, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kandivli, Sahibabad India
9 Botnia Print Oy Keskipohjanmaa Kokkola Finland
10 Brune-Mettcker Druck- und Verlags-GmbH Wilhelmshavener Zeitung Wilhelmshaven Germany
11 Casa Editorial El Tiempo S.A. El Tiempo Bogotá, El Tiempo Cali Bogotá  Colombia
12 DB Corp Ltd. Dainik Bhaskar Indore, Jaipur India
13 Delo d.d. Delo Ljubljana Slovenia
14 DeWeZet – Deister- und Weserzeitung, Verlagsges. mbH & Co. KG Deister- und Weserzeitung Hameln Germany
15 Diario La Voz del Interior S. La Voz del Interior Córdoba Argentina
16 Druck Styria GmbH & Co. KG Kleine Zeitung  Graz Austria
17 Druckerei Konstanz GmbH Südkurier Konstanz  Germany
18 Druckzentrum Rhein Main GmbH & Co. KG Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz, Darmstädter Echo Rüsselsheim Switzerland
19 DZB Druckzentrum Bern AG Berner Zeitung Bern Colombia
20 DZZ Druckzentrum Zürich AG Tages-Anzeiger Zürich Switzerland
21 El Colombiano S.A. & CIA. S.C.A. El Colombiano Envigado  Colombia
22 El Telégrafo El Telégrafo Guayaquil Ecuador
23 Empresa Editora El Comercio S.A. El Comercio Lima Peru
24 Empresa El Mercurio S.A.P. El Mercurio, Las Ultimas Noticias Santiago Chile
25 FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Frankfurt, Potsdam Germany
26 Freiburger Druck GmbH + Co. KG Badische Zeitung Freiburg Germany
27 Galadari Printing & Publishing (LLC) Khaleej Times  Dubai United Arab Emirates
28 Gráficos Nacionales S.A. Diario Expreso Guayaquil Ecuador
29 Heilbronner Stimme GmbH & Co. KG Heilbronner Stimme Heilbronn Germany
30 Hindustan Media Venture Limited Hindi Hindustan Patna, Ranchi India
31 HT Media Limited Hindustan Times, Mint Mohali, Mumbai, Noida, Greater Noida India
32 Infoglobo Comunicação e Participações S.A. O Globo Duque de Caxias / RJ Brazil
33 J. Esslinger GmbH & Co. KG Pforzheimer Zeitung Pforzheim Germany
34 Jagati Publications Sakshi  Hyderabad India
35 Jagran Prakashan Ltd Dainik Jagran Noida India
36 Kasturi & Sons Ltd The Hindu Visakhapatnam India
37 Kieler Zeitung GmbH & Co. Offsetdruck KG Kieler Nachrichten Kiel Germany
38 Malayala Manorama Company Ltd Malayala Manorama Calicut, Palakkad India 
39 Masar Printing and Publishing Al Bayan, Emarat Alyoum, Sport 360  Dubai United Arab Emirates
40 Mediacorp Press Ltd Today Singapore Singapore
41 Mittelbayerisches Druckzentrum GmbH & Co. KG Mittelbayerische Zeitung Regensburg Germany
42 The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia Bhd) New Straits Times Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
43 Nordost-Druck GmbH & Co. KG Nordkurier Neubrandenburg Germany 
44 NZME Chinese Herald Auckland New Zealand
45 O Estado de São Paulo O Estado de São Paulo São Paulo Brazil
46 Paarl Coldset (Pty) Ltd Burger Daily, Weekend Witness Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg South Africa
47 Prensa Libre S.A. El Quetzaltecto, Prensa Libre Guatemala Guatemala
48 Presse-Druck- und Verlags-GmbH Augsburger Allgemeine Augsburg Germany
49 Pressehaus Stuttgart Druck GmbH Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Stuttgarter Zeitung Stuttgart Germany
50 Printing Partners Paal-Beringen SA Gazet van Antwerpen, Het Nieuwsblad Paal-Beringen Belgium
51 Rheinpfalz Verlag und Druckerei GmbH & Co. KG Die Rheinpfalz Ludwigshafen Germany
53 Ringier Print Adligenswil AG Blick Adligenswil Switzerland
53 Russmedia Verlag GmbH Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung, Vorarlberger Nachrichten Schwarzach Austria
54 Sakaal Media Group Sakal Pune India
55 Singapore Press Holdings Ltd Berita Harian, Lianhe Zaobao, The Straits Times Singapore Singapore
56 The Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Co Ltd Mathrubhumi Kannur, Kochi, Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram India
57 The Printers (Mysore) Pvt. Ltd. Deccan Herald, Prajavani Bangalore, Hubli-Dharwad India
58 The Shizuoka Shimbun The Shizuoka Shimbun Shizuoka Japan
59 Tiskara Zagreb d.o.o. Večernji list Zagreb Croatia
60 Turkuvaz Haberlesme ve Yayincilik A.S. Sabah Istanbul Turquey
61 Ungeheuer + Ulmer KG GmbH & Co. Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung Ludwigsburg Germany
62 United Printing & Publishing 7 Days, Al Ittihad, Al Roeya, The National Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
63 Verlag Nürnberger Presse Druckhaus Nürnberg GmbH & Co. Nürnberger Nachrichten, Nürnberger Zeitung  Nürnberg Germany
64 V-TAB AB  VLT Västerås Sweden

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