Mistral Training Session Success

Mistral Solid Surfce Worktop Training Session - KBB

Last week, we helped deliver Mistral training to dozens of fitters. Mistral is a 25mm solid surface format with a choice of 20 colours that gives fitters the freedom to design and shape their customers’ ideal kitchens without limits.

With no MDF or particleboard substrate to contend with, skilled joiners can create seamless joints between Mistral worktops, splashbacks and upstands. However, to get the best results, fitters should be trained and understand how to work with the material.

To help our Scottish customers make the most of Mistral, we organised a series of three training sessions. These were run by the experts at Karonia, the manufacturers of Mistral, and took place across Stevenswood counters in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dunfermline.

Our Sales Director, George Richardson, has attended all three sessions and is now our resident Mistral expert. If you have any Mistral fitting questions, you will now be directed straight to George!

Dave Boden of Karonia expertly demonstrates a stage in the Mistral fitting process.
Dave Boden of Karonia expertly demonstrates a stage in the Mistral fitting process.

What about the sessions themselves? While they are often referred to as training sessions, it is more accurate to call them Product Demonstrations. The comprehensive nature of the demo means that it is not necessary to have any previous solid surface experience. So the sessions are open to anyone, whether they already work with Mistral or are looking to add it to their portfolio.

What does the MISTRAL Product Demonstration cover?

  • Product design, availability, features and sizes
  • Manufacturing process
  • Pre-installation advice – handling, storage, checks, batch matching and shade checks
  • Tooling requirements
  • Cutting
  • Machining
  • Orello solid surface sink installation
  • Jointing
  • Sanding
  • Finishing
  • Aftercare

What are the key things the fitters will come away with from the session?

  • Confidence and knowledge of how to correctly install all Karonia products
  • An appreciation of the ease of installation
  • Full understanding of tooling requirements
  • Full manufacturer support, advice and aftercare
  • Confidence in dealing with an experienced manufacturer and a field-tested product.

There’s been a lot of interest around Mistral as they recently introduced 3 new colours at the KBB 2016 show; Orion, Lunas and Polaris (see the new Mistral colours). The sessions have proved so popular we have organised some further dates later in the year to take place in Scotland, here at NESP in Durham and at Karonia’s headquarters in Yorkshire.

Thanks to Stevenswood, one of our Scottish customers, who kindly offered up their space for the sessions.  

If you want more information on upcoming training sessions please contact our sales team on 0845 634 9700 or email sales@nesp.co.uk. View our full range of Mistral solid surface products and order online via the NESP website.