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

(PresseBox) ( Paris / Frankfurt am Main, )
The new members of the 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

Members of the International Newspaper Color Quality Club 2016–2018

1. ABP Pvt Ltd, Anandabazar Patrika, The Telegraph, Barasat, Kolkata, India

2. Advance Central Services Michigan, The Grand Rapids 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

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.A., 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, Germany

19. DZB Druckzentrum Bern AG, Berner Zeitung, Bern, Switzerland

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

52. 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, Turkey

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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