Ashton caskets & coffins
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’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.
Batesville Casket Company
Batesville caskets represent a unique choice available to families in Australia. Different from traditional coffins, Batesville caskets are larger, more substantial vessels made from the finest materials with unique features to help memorialise the lives of loved ones. For over one hundred years, Batesville has manufactured the finest caskets available anywhere in the world. Superior craftsmanship, the highest quality materials and constant innovation have become the hallmarks of
the Batesville brand.
Life is beautiful, goodbyes can be too. Families can choose a coffin that celebrates the memory of their loved one – a loving tribute not to a life lost, but to a life lived. Expression Coffins are personalised, image-wrapped coffins. We have an extensive range of existing designs or families can supply their own photographs for a coffin design that reflects their loved one’s personality, interests and joys experienced in life.
Return to Sender
Return to Sender are New Zealand’s leading designers and manufacturers of contemporary coffins, catering to the growing number of people looking for less traditional, aesthetically designed coffins with an environmental focus. Return to Sender’s coffins and accessories are available in Australia exclusively through Ashton Manufacturing. These award-winning coffins are designed to ensure families are able to express what was important to their loved one through their coffin choice, by being handcrafted with care, from natural materials; made with the environment in mind; and allowing the expression of individuality and values.
Special attributes of our range
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.
ShowroomShine Finishing System
Memorial Tree Program
A1 Plantation Pine
Australian timber veneers
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?
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 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 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, and is manufactured from managed and renewable plantation pine.
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?
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?
This size is suitable for majority of funeral requirements and maintains aesthetically balanced proportions.
We also stock other sizes to suit the small percentage of cases that differ to our standard size. Coffins can be purchased with various internal dimensions, such as:
- Widths – 50cm, 53cm, 55cm, 60cm, 75cm, 85cm
- Lengths – 170cm, 180cm, 190cm, 200cm, 210cm
- 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?
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 also stock a range of child’s coffins and accessories in all of our distribution centres.
Are Ashton caskets and coffins still handmade?
Can I visit Ashton’s production facility or distribution centres?
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?
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?
After-hours you 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?
I want to buy a coffin. Do you sell to the public?
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