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David Riddell, owner of FASTSIGNS Gloucester with the newly installed Kala Mistral 1650 laminator

Caption:David Riddell, owner of FASTSIGNS Gloucester with the newly installed Kala Mistral 1650 laminator

12/05*2015 - Kala Laminators Sign Deal with FASTSIGNS for Mistral 1650

Kala FR has announced a deal with FASTSIGNS International, Inc. following an extensive evaluation of the Kala Mistral and have selected it as their laminator of choice. All new stores FASTSIGNS® locations will have a Kala Mistral 1650 with LED lights and antistatic wire in their starting franchise package. These 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.



FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the worldwide franchisor of more than 575 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers located in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). 


FASTSIGNS is a sign, graphics and visual communications company that provides comprehensive visual marketing solutions to customers of all sizes - across all industries - to help them meet their business objectives and increase their visibility. To learn more, visit the FASTSIGNS® website or call 800-FASTSIGNS for a location near you.


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Colourgen is the UK’s leading specialist distributor of large format digital colour printing solutions, consumables, bespoke software, engineering and technical support services. The Company is the exclusive UK distributor for the Mutoh Sign & Display, Speciality/Industrial, Dye Sublimation and Direct to Textile printers.  Colourgen also distributes EPSON’s aqueous large format printers and consumables and the Kala and Neschen ranges of laminators and finishing products. Colourgen specialises in delivering total solutions including software from EFI and Caldera based on the industry’s best, most reliable products together with unrivalled consultancy, installation, technical support, maintenance and training.

For further information and photography please contact:

Melanie Enser - Marketing Manager
Colourgen Ltd
T: 01628 588724

Colourgen Ltd, The AmBer Centre, Oldfield Road, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 1TH


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