Kala has announced a deal with FASTSIGNS International, Inc. following an extensive evaluation of the Kala Mistral and have selected the solution as its laminator of choice. All new FASTSIGNS® store locations will now have a Kala Mistral 1650 with LED lights and antistatic wire in their starting franchise package, which will be supplied and installed by Kala's UK distributor, Colourgen.
Melanie Enser, Colourgen's product marketing manager, comments: "The Kala Mistral 1650 is the most popular model in the Kala range in the UK and fits the application requirements of FASTSIGNS franchises perfectly. This also creates a significant opportunity to increase brand awareness of a brand which is becoming more and more popular here and also build a relationship with one of the world's largest visual communication organisations."
Laurent Bouchard, general manager of Kala, adds: "FASTSIGNS evaluation process concluded that the new generation of Mistral laminators offered unbeaten performance at the price point. Designed and produced in France, this laminator will fit perfectly in FASTSIGNS centres with its technology and design. FASTSIGNS International was also particularly impressed with its ease of use (especially for beginners), as well as features such as reduced failure rates and wastage, and the unit's ability to evolve with the franchise in terms of volume."
The Kala Mistral is a 65" wide laminator that has a take up reel for roll-to-roll lamination and has an auto-calibrate roller pressure feature for consistent finishing results. A host of other features, including LED lights to illuminate the working area, heat assist, foot pedal and anti-static wire, at a very competitive price, positions the Kala at the forefront of the wide format laminator market.
Bouchard concludes: "This deal (which was initially brokered with FASTSIGNS International in the US) is a huge endorsement of our company and products. Throughout the evaluation there were comments about the laminator's quality, reliability and ease of use. In the context of delivering this within a starter package for a new s franchise, Kala was seen by FASTSIGNS International as the clear winner. Coupled with its great value, we are seeing the decision to install a Kala laminator becoming a more and more popular one with many wide format print providers."