Personnel Announcement: Sascha Gleich Starts at the RGF

Thomas Meurers (right) and Sascha Gleich will together manage the RGF‘s retailer cooperations in the future.

Thomas Meurers is the Trade Cooperation Manager

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 assume responsibility for the labeling/packaging and light production printing segments of the four Specialty Printing clusters. 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 looks back at a career that spanned over 30 years 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 previously responsible for EMEA marketing and sales for OKI Europe’s Label, Transfer, and Light Production printing product ranges.

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 of Specialty Printing
1. Labeling/Packaging combines the solutions for digital colour printing and printing on different packaging materials by qualified RGF members.

2. Light Production Printing is a combination of various production and large-format printing solutions, mostly from EPSON and OKI partners Ricoh, Ricoh, Ricoh and EFI.

3. Textile: The RGF range includes DTG, DTF and web printing solutions for direct to fabric and sublimation.

4. The RGF’s Office Solutions segment is cross-selling. The RGF is an HP Master Dealer and offers its members the chance to provide printing solutions for their customers. 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 direction will be taken within the segments in 2023. RGF affiliated shops will be able to form new strategic partnerships and offer innovative solutions that will enhance the position of specialist retailers. This will make them stronger and more resilient for future crises.

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.

Many new focuses were established with the 2009 takeover by Thomas Meurers of the GmbH. 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 crucial in the RGF’s future viability.—die-multiplikatoren