The Story of Digital Direct Printing...

Digital Direct Printing Ltd. started as a handshake agreement between Geoff Davis of Graphic Knights Service Bureau and Bill Nieuwenhuis of Victoria Online Graphics in April of 2000. We agreed to work together to examine the possibility of merging our two companies into a greater whole with the purchase of the newly released Heidelberg Quickmaster DI (Digital Imaging) full colour, waterless printing press. We knew that we would need a new location as Graphic Knights was operating out of a small blue and white house on Queens Avenue and Online Graphics was operating out of a property in Sooke.

We contacted Heidelberg and received an estimate on this new press and found a building for sale by owner at our current location of 564 Hillside Avenue. We both agreed to finance these two purchases at a fifty-fifty partnership to be operated as a new company that we named Digital Direct Printing.

Graphic Knights was a company known for its expertise in prepress and digital file manipulation. Online Graphics was a printing company with limited prepress but with a strong background in printing that spanned generations. Thus, we had a perfect fit. The new Heidelberg DI was a marriage of both worlds requiring a strong digital prepress with a thorough knowledge of the printing craft. This new partnership enabled us to take any digital file directly to press and thus Digital Direct Printing was born.

In late 2003 both Fleming Press and Manning Press, long standing printing companies, went out of business. This left Vancouver Island without a large four colour printing press. We decided to step into that gap and expand our company with the purchase of a much larger printing press. In early 2004 we purchased the state of the art prepress system complete with colour profiling and computer to plate capability to compliment the Speedmaster 74 six colour press with inline aqueous coating from Heidelberg. This decision required a complete electrical upgrade of our facility, the addition of a second floor, rewiring of our internal network and two completely separate air conditioning systems. This doubled our working floor space and we managed to complete this expansion while maintaining constant production.