Care, craftsmanship and quality
Ashton Manufacturing offers a world-class product range consisting of premium quality caskets that are handcrafted from the finest solid timbers and precious metals, through to contemporary, personalised coffins, and traditional designs, together with economical and sustainable choices. We’re in the business of locally made, handcrafted products, and are committed to maintaining our legacy of manufacturing; we are the trustworthy and reliable name in casket and coffin supplies.
Originating from a family business, established in 1977 on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Ashton Manufacturing is now one of Australia’s largest and most respected suppliers of caskets, coffins and allied products and services to the funeral industry.
We make product selection
and ordering easy
We make product selection and ordering easier, faster and more efficient.
We make product selection and ordering easier by offering clients 24/7 contact with their dedicated account manager, modern sales tools, the largest range of products, fast delivery, unrivalled reliability and we always have expert help available.
We are the funeral industry technology experts. As the pioneers of digital technology – from AMOS, our online ordering system, to our stunning, client-customised digital catalogues, to AVS, our funeral home virtual showroom – we assist our clients to be at the forefront of technological innovation.
I’ve been with Ashtons for 13 years now and the company has come a long way since I first started.
Everyday the company strives to be better than they were yesterday, and my goal is to do that very same thing.
We’re committed to sustainability and innovation
From digital sales and order tools to the manufacturing process,
we’re leading the way in new technologies in our industry.
Integrated logistics network
Our integrated logistics network of regional distribution centres and delivery vehicles is key to providing an unrivalled delivery service to funeral homes around the country. Our regional centres act as the hub of our operations and our delivery vehicles radiate from these locations to supply our caskets and coffins to funeral homes. Recently we have invested in state-of-the-art GPS fleet management technology to improve our casket and coffin delivery services.
Leading the way
Our range is always increasing as we predict and meet the emerging needs of modern funeral service requirements. Our production facility uses the latest robotics and automation to ensure quality control in the creation of our extensive range of world-class products. We use the finest, responsibly-sourced timbers from around the world, as well as carefully selected timber veneer and eco-friendly fibreboard.
Memorial Tree Program
We are committed to environmentally sustainable manufacturing practices and use timber from managed resources, eco-friendly fibreboard and we recycle all of our timber off-cuts. We also proudly support initiatives such as our Memorial Tree Program.
We’re people focused and understand family
We greatly value the professional skills of our clients as they support and guide families through the process of arranging a funeral service for a loved one. Below are some common questions from our clients.
Why should I use Ashton?
Since 1977 we have manufactured and supplied premium quality caskets, coffins and accessories to Australian funeral homes and have become the trustworthy and reliable name in casket and coffin supplies.
We are a wholly Australian owned company and have the biggest, most comprehensive range of caskets and coffins available. Our range includes our patented Expression Coffin range, the internationally acclaimed Batesville Casket Company range, our contemporary Return to Sender coffin range and our more traditional Ashton Manufacturing range of caskets and coffins. Our range is always increasing as we predict and meet the emerging needs of modern funeral service requirements.
Some special attributes of Ashton caskets and coffins includes:
- DiamondCoat Lacquer: our own specialised wood finish that dries by a solvent curing process, producing a smooth, hard, durable surface. This finish can be of any sheen level from matte to high gloss. It is both combustible and ethanol free.
- Sustainability: We use solid timber from managed forestry resources. Our MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) coffin range is produced from eZero MDF, which is the most eco-friendly fibreboard available and is manufactured from managed and renewable plantation pine and is Australian Forestry Standard Chain of Custody certified (COC).
- ISO/IEC17025: We use independent laboratories to randomly test coffins and caskets to ensure structural integrity and to ensure that manufacturing standards meet the highest quality. We also use leading quality cabinetry and joinery materials to produce our world-class product ranges.
We also offer unparalleled assistance to funeral homes around Australia through Ashton Assist, which is our suite of value-added services. These services include:
- Graphic Design services for the creation of funeral home branded, printed and digital casket and coffin arrangement albums.
- Our SET (Skill Enhancement Training) program is designed to improve funeral homes’ staff casket and coffin knowledge; develop a more professional approach to coffin selection that empowers families; and increase their understanding of the important role of funerals.
- Technology support: such as casket and coffin iPad album set up and support and AVS (Ashton Virtual Showroom), Ashton’s proprietary funeral home virtual showroom concept.
Where is Ashton located? Do you deliver to my area?
Our head office and casket and coffin production facility is located on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. We have an 8000m2 site where our team of craftsmen and administration staff are located.
We also have our own distribution centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth that are all linked via our integrated logistic network of Ashton trucks and delivery personnel.
We have funeral director clients all across Australia and deliver to all areas. Please contact us to discuss what your regular scheduled delivery times will be.
What is your ‘standard’ coffin size?
Historically the funeral industry standard coffin size had internal dimensions measuring 1.8m long x 50cm wide x 30cm deep. Whilst this size is still commonly used, our research has indicated that there is an emerging need for coffin sizes that differ to this historical ‘standard’ due to the changing demographics of people’s morphology.
We have increasingly found that one particular size suits many cases, without looking too large for even smaller people. The size is 1.9m long x 55cm wide x 32.5cm deep and is available in many of our coffin model variants. This size is suitable for more than 96% of funeral requirements, whilst maintaining aesthetically balanced proportions.
We also stock other sizes to suit the majority of requirements. Coffins can be purchased with various internal dimensions, such as:
- Widths – 50cm, 53cm, 55cm, 60cm, 75cm, 85cm
- Lengths – 1.7m, 1.8m, 1.9m, 2.0m, 2.1m
- Depths – 30cm, 32.5cm, 35cm, 38cm, 45cm
(Please note that not all size combinations are available)
We also produce customised coffins to suit very large people, where coffin dimensions may exceed widths of 100cm.
Does Ashton keep stock of finished caskets and coffins?
Yes, because we understand that there are often short turnaround times between a person’s death and their funeral. And, we know the importance of supplying funeral homes on-time and when required.
Therefore, our production team stocks 3,500 – 4,000 finished caskets and coffins in our production facility and distribution centres around Australia. This is backed up by our integrated logistics network of Ashton delivery trucks and personnel that ensures a seamless process from ordering to delivery to your funeral home.
What happens if I need an urgent, unusual sized coffin?
We stock a range of oversized caskets and coffins throughout our distribution centres. These options are especially valuable for those times when a deceased person is larger than originally anticipated.
We also stock a range of child’s coffins and accessories in all of our distribution centres.
Are Ashton caskets and coffins still handmade?
Whilst automation and robotics play an important part in modern manufacturing, there is still a significant element of handmade craftsmanship that goes into each of our caskets and coffins. We employ many trade-qualified men and women to produce our stunning products and our high-end caskets will take a tradesperson up to 20 hours to create.
Can I visit Ashton’s production facility or distribution centres?
Yes. We encourage all funeral professionals to come through our facilities to gain a deeper understanding of our product range.
We offer specialised educational tours tailored for funeral professionals at our production facility on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
I have damaged a coffin, what should I do?
We understand that caskets and coffins get bumped and scratched in funeral homes. We are happy to repair any damages for you, alternatively, we supply free touch up kits that can be used to make quick, last-minute repairs before a funeral.
You can check our Resources page for more answers on repairing coffins and how to polish a coffin before a funeral.
Can I contact Ashton after-hours?
Yes, you are welcome to contact us if you have urgent requests after-hours. We can help you over the phone with stock availability and coffin sizes etc.
After-hours you are can reach one of our team by calling our head-office phone number 1300 263 346 (1300 COFFIN).
Our head-office business hours are Monday – Friday 6:00am – 4:30pm (Qld time).
Do you only supply caskets and coffins?
No. We supply a full range of accessories such as casket and coffin handles, nameplates, draperies, mortuary products, child coffins, ashes urns, memorial books, crosses, crucifixes, grave markers, polythene coffin linings and more. We are your one-stop funeral supply shop.
I want to buy a coffin. Do you sell to the public?
No. We are a wholesale supplier and only sell our caskets and coffins to funeral industry professionals.
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