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Transcontinental Prints Two of World’s Best Newspapers

July 3, 2012  By

TC Transcontinental Printing’s plants in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec, and Vaughan, Ontario, have helped La Presse and The Globe and Mail (Metro Edition), respectively, become members of the International Newspaper Color Quality Club.

More than 192 titles from around the globe vied for membership in the International Newspaper Color Quality Club (INCQC), which marks the second-highest number of entrants since the printing-quality competition was introduced by WAN-IFRA in 1994. The competition is held every two years to recognize world-class newspapers, based largely on the reproduction of colour images and advertisements through the ISO 12647 print standard.

Eighty-one publishing and printing companies from 29 countries achieved success in this year’s competition and will remain a part of INCQC until 2014. La Presse, printed by Transcontinental Metropolitan, and The Globe and Mail Metro Edition (Toronto), printed by Transcontinental Vaughan, are the only two Canadian members of the prestigious group.

“This not only provides confirmation of the successful efforts aimed at achieving international standardization supported by WAN-IFRA, but also the motivation of personnel working in every printing plant, the correct choice of materials, impressive knowledge of printing techniques, and the skillful use of measuring and control,” said Manfred Werfel, Interim CEO and Executive Director of Competence Centre Newspaper Production at the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).


Germany now holds the highest number of INCQC members with 24, followed by Switzerland with 10, while the United States has just one member in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Beyond the countries mentioned above, the remaining INCQC members are based in:

Argentina (1 member)
Australia (1)
Austria (2)
Belgium (2)

Chile (1)
Columbia (1)
Denmark (1)
Ecuador (3)
Finland (3)
Guatemala (1)
Hong Kong (1)
India (5)
Italy (2)
Japan (1)
Malaysia (3)
Netherlands (5)
Peru (1)

Saudi Arabia (1)
Singapore (3)
Slovenia (1)
Sweden (1)

Taiwan (1)
Turkey (1)

United Arab Emirates (1)

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