Craven & Co. Expands Into The Mortuary Industry

We’ve got some very exciting news to announce here at Craven…

We’re expanding into new markets during 2021! 

We’re very pleased to announce the launch of our new products aimed at the mortuary industry. We plan to use our long standing expertise in manufacturing storage & handling products for the medical sector to sidestep into this related niche industry. 

With 75-80% of our manufacturing output traditionally consisting of catering, hospitality and retail products, we saw many orders drop off during the first national lockdown.

Director of Craven, Wez Dance, said: “We can’t see them returning to anything like the level they were for the foreseeable future. We realised early in the pandemic that it would be essential for us to break into new markets.

We first looked into it as a potential market in 2015 as it isn’t a far cry from our medical range, which we have been producing for many years, but we found there were some subtle nuances in product design and use. With no real knowledge of the market and, as an SME, without the people and resources to progress it further, our plans were put on the back burner, particularly as demand for our catering, retail and medical products began to grow.”

A respite from the effects of the coronavirus restrictions came in April, when Craven was fast-tracked into the NHS supply chain to manufacture vital frontline medical equipment for the Nightingale hospitals including 12,500 IV stands and several miles of medical racking.

This initial work also led to further NHS work to support storage facilities for blood plasmas, vaccines and blood tests, keeping us busy throughout the year.

All the while, Craven’s directors were reassessing the business and revisiting their previous plans to move into the mortuary industry. Crucially, this time they found the right person to help.

Newly-appointed sales manager, Trevor Russ, will be leading the expansion into this niche market. With a 30-year background in the sector, he possesses the insight and specialised knowledge that Craven had been missing the first time around.

Mr Russ began his sales career with the British Vacuum Company (BVC) before moving to medical equipment manufacturer Medezine. He later worked for auxiliary instrument manufacturer Medica and LEEC, a supplier of mortuary products, funeral supplies and laboratory equipment.

Trevor said: “A lot of the racking and trolley products from Craven’s medical range can be adapted for use in mortuaries, schools of anatomy, pathology, research centres, funeral directors and crematoria. In addition, our manufacturing capabilities, in-house design team, and largely UK-based supply chain will allow us to offer complete packages and bespoke solutions.”

Wez Dance added: “We are delighted to welcome Trevor at such an exciting time in Craven & Co’s story. Over 60 years, we’ve become known for our high-quality British-made products, quick turnaround, competitive pricing and great customer service, not to mention our bespoke solutions. We’re hoping these elements, combined with Trevor’s knowledge and expertise, will help us break into a niche market.”

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