Poligrāfijas grupa Mūkusala took a part in worldwide competition!


Every two years International Newspaper Colour Association IFRA invites its members to take part in IFRA Quality Club (WAN-IFRA INCQC) – the only worldwide quality printing competition for newspapers, held since 1994. So far this competition was aimed at cold-set print (newspapers), but this year for the first time it also addressed heat-set print (journals). Its goal is to improve the quality of reproduction and printing in production. Among the world’s most powerful newspaper publishers and typographies, Poligrāfijas grupa Mūkusala took part in the competition already for the third time. This year we participated in the competition with the edition Dienas Ēdieni by the newspaper publisher Dienas žurnāli.

The competition took place in three turns from January to March 2012. The gained measurements were compared to the quality standard ISO 12647-2 (process-standard offset printing).

Evaluation took place on eight categories of measurement:

1. conformity to a standard paper colour;

2. uniformity of the tone value increase (TVI) in the midtones of CMYK prints;

3. conformity of the tone value increase (TVI) curve at 40% with each separate CMYK colour and 70% with standard raster;

4. grey balance;

5. conformity to a standard colour space;

6. conformity to a standard primary (CMYK) and secondary (RGB) colours;

7. compatibility with colour registers;

8. visual assessment of the edition according to the reader’s eyesight (in the evaluation of jury).

According to the reader’s eyesight, the visual assessment of the edition by Poligrāfijas grupa Mūkusala gained maximum of the possible score in the category. Also almost excellent results were achieved in the following three categories:

  • conformity to a standard paper colour;
  • conformity to a standard colour space;
  • compatibility with colour registers.

In the final evaluation with sharp competition Poligrāfijas grupa Mūkusala ranged in the 5th place.

With participation in the competition by the International Newspaper Colour Association IFRA featuring a professional jury with life-long experience in printing and publishing, one of the main benefits included valuable knowledge. Members of the jury came from Peru, India, Saudi Arabia and Italy. We have been reassured that our daily printing operations comply with international standards. Our customers can be sure that the printing services at hand meet the highest quality requirements.