Thomas Meurers (right) and Sascha Gleich will together manage the RGF‘s retailer cooperations in the future.
Thomas Meurers manages the Trade Cooperation
RGF – The Multipliers, Cologne–Sascha Gleich starts at the RGF. Thomas Meurers and he will take over the RGF consortium as of the 1st April 2023. Sascha will be taking over the Labeling/Packaging, and Light Production Printing focus segments from the four Specialty Printing Groups (explanation is below, please refer to Info RGF). Thomas Meurers will continue to concentrate on the Textiles and Office Solutions segments. He is also the contact person for friendly association groups and the RGF’s cooperations.
Sascha Gleich reflects on a thirty-year career in sales, technology, and management. He was significantly involved in the development and market launch in 2012 of OKI‘s then revolutionary white toner systems for T-shirt transfer. He was involved in the 2019 launch of OKI Pro1040 and Pro1050 colour labels printers. Sascha was most recently responsible for marketing and sales support in EMEA for OKI Europe’s Label Printing, Transfer Printing, and Light Production Printing product lines.
Sascha Gleich was born 1970 in Düsseldorf. He lives in Düsseldorf with his wife and two daughters. Sascha is a passionate golfer and suffering supporter of Fortuna Düsseldorf.
The Cluster for Specialty Printing
1. Labeling/Packaging is a combination of solutions that can be used to print digital colour labels and on various packaging items by RGF-qualified members.
2. Light Production Printing is a combination of various production and large-format printing solutions, mostly from EPSON and OKI partners Ricoh and EFI.
3. Textile: This segment features DTG and DTF solutions as well as web printing options for sublimation or direct to fabric.
4. Office Solutions is an area of cross-selling for the RGF. RGF members have the opportunity to offer their customers the best printing solutions by being HP Master Dealers. The partnership with Büroring eG is one of the current cooperative group partnerships for this segment. The members of Büroring and the RGF benefit equally from the cooperation at the level of the association group headquarters.
A new course for the segments will be established in 2023. RGF affiliated houses will benefit from new strategic partnerships that offer attractive solutions to strengthen their position and make them more resilient in times of crisis.
About RGF – The Multipliers
Founded in 1985 as the registered association „Ring Grafischer Fachhändler“ by eleven specialist dealers at the time, the RGF has accompanied the digitisation of the graphic arts industry from the very beginning. Its role has evolved and expanded significantly over the years. Today, under the label „RGF – The Multipliers“, it acts as a central marketing agency and negotiates and administers numerous supply contracts with renowned manufacturers on behalf of the now 40 specialist dealers.
Numerous new focuses were created in 2009 with the acquisition of the GmbH GmbH by Thomas Meurers. On one hand, the RGF opened up to independent consultants, six of whom are now members, and on the other hand, it increased its manufacturer-independent competence.
RGF created so-called Specialty Printing Clusters to respond to technological advancements in the printing sector. These clusters are able to develop coherent solutions that include hardware, software and consumables. They are vital to the RGF’s continued viability.