SOUTH AFRICA

About

Established in 1987 – SwiftPrint is a South African based company specialising in Off-set, Digital, Continuous and Wide Format Printing

Products – We offer a complete printing package from design to finished printed commodities. Items SwiftPrint produces, but is definitely not limited to are:

• Annual Reports • Magazines • Brochures
• Posters • Pamphlets • Pallet Cards
• Invoice Books • Pre-Start Books • NCR Books
• Business Cards • Invitations • Programmes • Certificates
• Continuous Forms – Invoice, Quotation, Order Etc
• Banners • Teardrops • X-Frame Banners • Snapper Frames
• Gazebos • Internal & External advertising banners
• Labels, Stickers and soo much more.

Established – SwiftPrint was established in Kimberley, Northern Cape, in 1987. We have grown into a business employing over 35 full-time staff members and numerous seasonal employees on a casual basis.
Innovative – We are an innovative, forward thinking company which stays on top of all the latest technological developments by continually reinvesting in new equipment to improve production facilities. With this mindset we have maintained an edge over the competition and are able to pass this benefit over to the company, employees and most importantly the customers.
Training – SwiftPrint is a training ground for skills development in the printing field. Our staff learn how to operate a wide variety of machinary from an assortment of binding equipment to operating large format lithographic presses. Our design studio also boasts the latest in software & hardware to allow full potential & creativety of the designers to be realised. All of this culminates into a fully skilled & highly experienced staff.
Transformation – SwiftPrint is committed to social transformation and in partnership with various suppliers & clients, we continue to put back into the community through various training programs, bursaries, and other sponsorship schemes.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OFFSET & DIGITAL PRINTING

Offset printing is a commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred (or “offset”) from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process, which is based on the repulsion of oil and water, the offset technique employs a flat (planographic) image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film (called “fountain solution”), keeping the non-printing areas ink-free.

PRO: Unit price drops significantly
PRO: Cost effective for high volumes
PRO: Excellent colour consistency
PRO: Wide media range
PRO: Error free colour conversion
PRO: Large page size capability

CON: Slightly slower turn around
CON: Expensive on low volumes
CON: No variable data capability
CON: Extensive training required

Digital printing refers to methods of printing from a digital-based image directly to a variety of media. It usually refers to professional printing where small-run jobs are printed using large-format and/or high-resolution laser printers. Digital printing has a higher cost per page than more traditional offset printing methods, but this price is usually offset by avoiding the cost of all the technical steps required to make printing plates etc. It also allows for on-demand printing, short turnaround time, and even a modification of the image or text (variable data) used for each impression.

PRO: Fast turn around
PRO: Cost effective for low volumes
PRO: Excellent colour consistency
PRO: Error free colour conversion
PRO: Variable data capability

CON: Unit price remains constant
CON: Expensive on higher volumes
CON: Limited to certain media
CON: Limited to smaller page sizes
CON: Extensive training required