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Matthews Drew was founded in 1946 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and was founded by Fred Bailey and headed by Allan Bailey.

The Company was the first firm to develop and mass market the Eeze-Stik license holder, which has a unique back slit on the rear. The company is well known in the South African market for its safety signs used by the fire and mining industry.

Matthews Drew was one of the first companies in South Africa to produce cost effective do-it-yourself pin striping.

Matthews Drew produces many products. Since its inception, the company has continued to abide by its commitment to customer service and quality support.

What is Digital Printing?

Digital printing is the reproduction of digital images on a physical surface. It is generally used for short print runs, and for the customization of print media.

The process differs from lithography, flexography, gravure, and letterpress printing in several ways:

  • Every print can be different, because printing plates are not required, as in traditional methods.

  • There is less wasted chemical and paper, because there is no need to bring the image "up to colour" and check for registration and position.

  • The ink or toner does not permeate the substrate, as does conventional ink, but forms a thin layer on the surface and may in some systems be additionally adhered to the substrate by using a fuser fluid with heat process (toner) or UV curing process (ink).

Because there is less initial setup, it is useful for rapid prototyping, and cost effective for small print runs.

Digital Printing is used for personalized printing, or variable data printing (VDP or VI), for example personalized children's books, which are customized with the specific child's name and images. Print on Demand (POD) systems also use digital printing, for short run books of varying page quantities, and binding techniques.

Digital prints can also be done on photographic paper, exposed with RGB laser lights from computer files, and processed in photographic developers and fixers. These prints are continuous tone images, and have the dyes imbedded in emulsion layers within plastic coatings. They can be very archival.


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