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GEW and SArepco partner for South Africa

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As part of GEW’s ongoing programme to strengthen its international distribution network, the company has announced the appointment of SArepco Pty Ltd. as its key distributor in South Africa. GEW’s Nilpeter and ABG International business will continue to be managed by CSM Print Services, while all other business in the country will be handled by SArepco. This becomes effective from 1st January 2022.
SArepco operates from a head office and showroom facility in Midrand, Johannesburg. The company has built a solid reputation since it was founded by its three directors in 2001, and the 12-strong team there are renowned for their specialist expertise in label and narrow web printing. Representing several major global brands, including Mark Andy and Rotoflex, SArepco is an established pillar of the web printing industry in South Africa.
Paul Bouwer, Sales Director at SArepco, comments on the new partnership: “Although GEW and SArepco have worked together in some capacity for over 20 years, the new arrangements will see us taking over exclusive responsibility for our areas of GEW’s business in South Africa. Our salespeople and our service technicians are highly experienced in working with GEW systems and so the next step will be a seamless progression”.
SArepco will hold stock of all key GEW spare parts and consumables locally in South Africa, to avoid any possible importation delays. David Lyus, International Sales Manager at GEW, explains: “SArepco has a team of experienced technicians dedicated to supporting GEW systems across the country. Combining this with a good level of spares stock being held in Johannesburg, our customers can now expect an even faster and more responsive level of service.”
GEW’s Managing Director of Sales, Robert Rae, comments: “LED adoption is growing steadily in South Africa and GEW are excited to work with SArepco to transition this market. With energy costs rising and GEW’s innovative and cost-effective new range of LED products bringing a step change in press productivity, we look forward to working with SArepco in promoting and demonstrating the benefits of this now critical technology to our customers in South Africa.”
Rae concludes: “This new expanded relationship simplifies GEW’s distribution network for our customers in South Africa, as we move into a new era for the UV curing industry.”
SArepco will exhibit the latest GEW products at Propak/Printexpo Africa 2022 in Johannesburg, which runs from March 8th to 11th. Propak/Printexpo is a key local exhibition for stakeholders in the food processing, packaging and labelling industries, providing a forum for trading, education, sourcing of products and advancements in technology.

About GEW
GEW designs and manufactures Arc and UV LED curing systems for printing, coating and converting applications. The company is the leading manufacturer of UV systems for label and narrow web printing, with a world-class production facility at its UK headquarters, subsidiaries in the USA & Germany, and an extensive network of worldwide distributors.

GEW also specialises in the design and installation of UV LED systems for both sheetfed and web applications. The company introduced its latest UV LED product, LeoLED, in 2019. Representing the next generation for UV LED curing, LeoLED is compatible with GEW’s renowned ArcLED hybrid system. In LeoLED, the technology has been redesigned and refined for simplicity to bring UV LED within affordable reach for all, while at the same time delivering maximum power and UV dose.

Press contact for GEW:
Duncan Smith, Corporate Communications | E: dsmith@gewuv.com
GEW (EC) Limited, Crompton Way, Crawley, RH10 9QR, United Kingdom.
T: +44 (0)1737 824 500 | www.gewuv.com

Sales contact for CSM Print Services (Nilpeter and AB Graphic International):
Simon Cahill, Technical Director | simon@csm-sa.co.za

Contacts for SArepco Pty Ltd (all other business in South Africa):
Paul Bouwer, Sales Director | pb@sarepco.co.za
Jacques Koekemoer, Technical Director | service@sarepco.co.za

Sales contact for GEW:
David Lyus, International Sales Manager | E: dlyus@gewuv.com

Rotoflex Canada is moving

Rotoflex Canada to move into bigger production facility


Converting and finishing equipment manufacturer Rotoflex, a part of Mark Andy, has opened a new facility in Mississauga, Ontario, to where the company is moving its operation in the upcoming weeks.


The new facility, also in Mississauga Canada, is located just a few miles away, and it’s in the final stages of preparation to receive the entire Rotoflex operation.

‘The shift resulted from the increased demand we have observed in the past couple of years. We currently have a strong order book leading to the end of the first quarter of 2021 and plans to grow our team as we increase manufacturing capacity to ensure customers will have their machines running in the pressroom when they need it,’ said Kevin Gourlay, senior vice president at Rotoflex.

The leadership has also announced that the company grew approximately 30 percent over the previous year due to strategic management decisions involving increased R&D investments to improve final product quality and accelerate lead times, eliminating outsourced production and increased customer demand.

‘Bringing manufacturing in-house is certainly one of the leading factors facilitating our growth. Being independent allows us to better control production schedules, platform standardization, aftermarket support, and even pricing. We can now create robust machines in less time and offer them to the market at more attractive prices. Customers have noticed all these changes and are responding to it,’ added Gourlay.

In September 2020, Rotoflex launched two high-speed digital finishers: DF1, designed to improve production capacities of label converters, and VTI Series created to ensure conformity with stringent regulations of the pharmaceutical and high-security packaging industries.

‘We have another exciting launch in the works for 2021, and we will share more details as the time comes,’ added Gourlay. ‘In the meantime, we continue to offer customized solutions and accommodate unique production needs like the one we designed for JH Bertrand earlier this year.’

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