GEW and Sarepco partner for South Africa

The company focuses on strengthening its international distribution network

GEW and Sarepco partner for South Africa
Left-Right - Sarepco directors Jacques Koekemoer, Yvette Dietrich and Paul Bouwer have partnered with Sarepco to strengthen the company’s international distribution network

As part of GEW’s ongoing program to strengthen its international distribution network, the company has announced the appointment of Sarepco as its key distributor in South Africa. GEW’s Nilpeter and ABG International business will continue to be managed by CSM Print Services, while Sarepco will handle all other businesses in the country. This became effective from 1 January 2022.

Sarepco operates from a head office and showroom facility in Midrand, Johannesburg. The company has built a solid reputation since its three directors founded it in 2001, and the 12-strong team there is 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. 

Sarepco to hold GEW’s spare parts and consumables

Paul Bouwer, sales director at the company, 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 essential GEW spare parts and consumables locally in South Africa to avoid any possible importation delays. David Lyus, International sales manager at the company, 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.”

Company’s managing director of sales, Robert Rae, comments, “LED adoption is growing steadily in South Africa, and GEW is 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 newly 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.”


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