Sanomapaino and Helsingin Sanomat have been successful in an international print quality competition.The competition arranged by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is the most prestigious of its kind in the world.The newspapers passed the monitoring of their printing quality over a period of four months (January–April 2010) to become members of the International Newspaper Color Quality Club.

"Sanomapaino has worked consistently on improving printing quality across the field. Achieving acceptance into the club for the best printing houses in the world is a great sign of appreciation of the excellence of our employees," says a contented Ismo Vuoksio, President of Sanomapaino.

"Good printing quality is an integral part of Helsingin Sanomat's overall quality.That is why the WAN-IFRA award is so important for us," says Mikael Pentikäinen, Publisher and Senior Editor-in-Chief of Helsingin Sanomat.

Since the turn of the millennium, Sanomapaino has won several awards in printing quality contests both in Finland and abroad.

INCQC - International Newspaper Color Quality Club 2010–2012 is WAN-IFRA's international competition measuring the printing quality of newspapers. The competition has been arranged every two years since 1994. This year was the first time the competition was based on the long-term monitoring of printing quality.

For additional information, please contact:

Ismo Vuoksi, President and CEO, Sanomapaino, tel. +358 9 122 3180
Mikael Pentikäinen, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Helsingin Sanomat, tel. +358 9 122 2310

Sanomapaino and Helsingin Sanomat belong to Sanoma Group's Sanoma News business unit. Sanoma News is the leading newspaper publisher in Finland, and its products in both print and digital format have a strong presence in the lives of their readers.