The final nail: Coffin sales will fall as cremation continues to gain popularity

Although the number of annual deaths has increased as a result of an increasing population, demand for industry services has continued to decline over the five years to 2017. Conditions are not expected to improve over the next five years, and consumer preferences will likely continue to trend in favor of cremations rather than traditional burial services...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • High burial expenses and a greater cultural acceptance of cremation have reduced demand for caskets
  • The industry’s decline has primarily been driven by Americans’ changing attitudes regarding death
  • Rising burial costs are anticipated to discourage consumers
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Coffin and Casket Manufacturing industry has struggled over the past five years with a sharp drop in demand for products and services related to burial. Industry manufacturers sell most of their products to funeral homes and cemeteries, which typically resell them to consumers alongside related services, such as embalming and internment. However, partly due to steadily rising funeral costs, consumers have increasingly sought simpler funeral arrangements, including cremation. As a result, and despite a relative lack of other competitive threats, industry sales have slid steadily in recent years. Over the five years to 2017, industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualized rate of 3.6% to $657.4 million, including a 1.2% drop projected in 2017...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Coffin & Casket Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Coffin & Casket Manufacturing Industry are

  • Ability to control total supply on market
  • Having a diverse range of clients
  • Concentration on core business
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of deaths and Number of cremations in the Coffin & Casket Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Coffin & Casket Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry primarily manufactures burial caskets, cases and vaults intended to contain dead bodies during and after burial or until cremation. Consumers often purchase these items from funeral homes, but in some cases, they may also purchase them directly from the manufacturers.

    Industry Products
  • Metal burial caskets and coffins
  • Wood burial caskets and coffins
  • Other burial caskets and coffins
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing metal burial caskets and coffins
  • Manufacturing wood burial caskets and coffins
  • Manufacturing cloth burial caskets and coffins
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of deaths
  • Number of cremations
  • Number of adults aged 65 and older
  • Per capita disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Limited competition
  • Ashes to ashes
  • Declining profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Rising cremations
  • Ongoing consolidation
  • Potential threats
  • Table: Coffin & Casket Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Coffin & Casket Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Funeral Homes

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Furniture Wholesaling
  • Lumber Wholesaling
  • Metal Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Metal burial caskets and coffins
  • Wood burial caskets and coffins
  • Other burial caskets and coffins
  • Other
  • Chart: Coffin & Casket Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Midsize funeral homes ($1.0-$5.0 million in sales)
  • Small funeral homes (<$1.0 million in sales)
  • Other
  • Large funeral homes (>$5.0 million in sales)
  • Cemeteries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Coffin & Casket Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Coffin & Casket Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Coffin & Casket Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Hillenbrand Inc., Matthews International Corp.,
  • Table: Hillenbrand Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Matthews International Corp. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Coffin & Casket Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Coffin & Casket Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of cremations (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Burial Vault
  • Container, made of a base and a dome, meant to contain caskets and coffins that decompose quickly such as wood.
  • Cremation
  • The use of high temperature burning or vaporization to reduce dead bodies to basic chemical compounds, such as gases and ashes.
  • Mahogany
  • A hardwood that is prized for its beauty, duration and color.
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