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Panpa Bulletin : March 2007
Ifra has formed an extended partner- ship with the Russian Guild of Press Publishers (GIPP), which includes the IfraForum at the Publishing Expo in Moscow this June. The IfraForum will feature confer- ence contributions tailored to the Russian market on topics such as newsroom/news- plex, distribution/circulation and printing technology. Ifra CEO Reiner Mittelbach says the association is proud to be teaming up with GIPP to offer Russian publishers know-how and development opportunities. "With the increasing conversion to colour printing, new formats and the trend to convergence, the Russian media market is of growing importance to suppliers, too," he said. Meanwhile GIPP executive director Julia Kazakova said it was a great honour for GIPP to become Ifra's official partner in Russia. "We have already been in cooperation for many years and now came to agreement on a wide scope of joint activities in the years to come ..." In addition to the IfraForum at Publishing Expo 2007, Ifra is planning study tours for Russian publishers to successful newspaper publishers in Denmark, the UK and Germany. Other elements of the partnership between IFRA and GIPP will include the opening of an Ifra office in Moscow later this year, organising group travel to inter- national Ifra events and an extended range of Ifra membership services specifically targeted to Russian publishers. For the fourth consecutive year, MAN Roland has been recognised as one of America's "100 Designer Friendly Companies." Bestowed by Graphic Design USA, a trade publication for creative print buyers, the honour recognises the manufacturer's advanced technology and its educational efforts on behalf of print. "Each year, we round up 100 companies that care about providing first-rate products and services to creatives, adding value and finding solutions, communicating with and standing behind our community," the magazine stated. "More communication and closer con- nections between creative people and their vendors can only make everyone better at what they do." MAN Roland was the only large offset press manufacturer on the 100 Designer Friendly list. MAN Roland CEO Vince Lapinski said the company was "proud to on the list for the fourth year in a row." "Graphic designers are the customers of our customers, and that makes them very important to us," he said. "We work hard to make sure their needs are met in terms of print quality and ease of production." Graphic Design USA praised MAN Roland for embracing the design community. "The company sees the creative com- munity as an essential component in the health and advancement of print commu- nications and has been rewarded for this belief," said the magazine. Ifra forms Russian alliance MAN Roland makes top 100 Ifra, PANPA and NAA are looking for the world's best newspaper printers to join the International Newspaper Color Quality Club 2008 -- 2010. According to the organisers, registra- tion is now open for newspapers wishing to benchmark their printing and reproduction quality in the international newspaper print- ing competition. To enter, newspapers must print a series of specially prepared test images, an edito- rial news photo and a digital ad as well as sample newspaper copies from their daily production. In a three-step process, the printed samples will be colorimetrically measured and submitted to an international jury for critical evaluation. In addition, the quality of daily production will also be appraised. A total number of points will then be calculated from all results for each participant. The jury will not only calculates the best results worldwide, but for the second time also the most successful regional results in North America and Asia. Interested newspapers should note the following dates for this year's competition: • Mailing of the test documentation: August 1 2007 • Deadline for registration: September 1 2007 • Month for taking print samples: Septem- ber 2007 • Deadline for submitting printed samples: October 15 2007 • Mailing of the evaluation reports: March 1 2008 • Awards presentation ceremony: April 2008 (at Nexpo 2008 in Washington DC). As in previous years, Ifra and NAA will be offering so-called INCQC Tutorials in English on 24 May 2007 in Chicago and in Darmstadt, Germany on 5 June 2007. A registration form and other information concerning the eighth INCQC competition (2008---2010) as well as the tutorials can be downloaded from www.colorqualityclub.org. The International Newspaper Color Quality Club competition has been organ- ised biennially since 1994 by Ifra, NAA and PANPA. In the most recent competition 50 news- papers from 16 countries won membership to the Club. Hunt begins for best printers 12 PANPA Bulletin March 2007 news Ifra CEO Reiner Mittelbach