Alma Media Corporation Press release 5 June 2014 at 14:15 p.m. (EEST)
ALMA MANU WAS AGAIN SUCCESSFUL IN AN INTERNATIONAL NEWSPAPER QUALITY COMPETITION
Alma Media's print and distribution company Alma Manu Oy has again obtained membership of the Quality Club of World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) for the years 2014-2016.
Membership of the WAN-IFRA Quality Club is the internationally most prestigious acknowledgment of a newspaper printer's production quality. Members of the Quality Club are chosen through the Newspaper Color Quality Club (INCQC) competition. This year, 165 printed products from all over the world participated in the competition and 76 publishers or printing presses from 26 different countries made it to the Quality Club.
Alma Manu's Tampere printing press took part in the competition for the third time, this time with the Satakunnan Kansa newspaper. Previous memberships were achieved with Aamulehti (2012) and Kauppalehti (2010).
"Making it to the Quality Club already for the third time proves that our work on excellent print quality is bearing fruit. Alma Manu's new printing press in Tampere was taken into use in the spring of 2013, and it was Alma Media's largest individual investment last year. The papers we submitted for the competition were from our normal production so they describe our daily good quality," states Helvi Liukkaala, Managing Director of Alma Manu.
The membership of INCQC required meeting the WAN-IFRA quality criteria in measured and general print quality during the application process that lasted from January to March. A panel consisting of international experts judged factors such as the correctness of tones, sharpness and balance. A total of 15 quality variables were judged on one page. Alma Manu was particularly successful in accuracy of colour conformity and colour register.
For more information, please contact:
Helvi Liukkaala, Managing Director, Alma Manu Oy, tel. +358 10 665 3009
Alma Manu in brief
Alma Manu Oy is a pioneer of printing and distribution. It brings together the newspaper printing press in Tampere and the morning newspaper delivery in the Pirkanmaa, Satakunta and Lapland provinces. Alma Manu prints 5 million newspaper copies weekly and delivers 1.6 million, making it Finland's second largest newspaper morning delivery company. Alma Manu employs approximately 1,100 people and is part of Alma Media. Read more at www.almamanu.fi.
Alma Media in brief
Alma Media is a media company focusing on digital services and publishing. In addition to news services, the company's products provide useful information related to lifestyle, career and business development. The services of Alma Media have expanded from Finland to the Nordic countries, the Baltics and Central Europe. The company employs 1,965 professionals (excluding distributors), of whom approximately one third work outside Finland. Alma Media's revenue in 2013 totalled approximately MEUR 300. Alma Media's share is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. Read more at www.almamedia.com.