The globalisation of the economy, the need to consolidate market share and the determination to give their business a larger stage are causing a growing number of companies to look beyond their national borders. Because internationalising their activities has become the central challenge for their development and corporate consolidation even for small companies. Many small firms find it difficult to grasp this opportunity, believing they are too small for a complex process like internationalisation. However, their small size can represent a factor of success, if it is combined with the ability to link elements such as expertise, flexibility and the adaptation of the products’ characteristics to the needs of the local market.
Pilato identified this opportunity some time ago, endowing its hearses with an international personality. The result is a strong request for our products in numerous European and non-European countries, and this has prompted our design office to create a range of outfits designed specifically for the different funeral cultures and traditions, and able to meet the operating requirements of professionals in this field.
Traditional Italian funeral furnishings, featuring pre-shaped fittings with a trolley and hydraulic casket lift, are now joined by different types of interior outfits, fittings made with alternative materials, reinforced decks, extractable and lifting decks, two or four-rail systems to carry one or two coffins, stretcher storage compartments, etc.. The vehicle interiors therefore reflect all the different cultural and religious traditions combined with an undertaker’s operating needs.
These are fundamental aspects that must be taken into account when designing a hearse.
In Northern European countries for example, where the practical-functional aspect is very important, car-based hearses are often used for a variety of applications, performing a range of jobs that are usually performed by vans in Italy. It can be no surprise that the hearse used to recover the corpse is used the following day for the religious ceremony and the day after to carry two coffins or for long distance transfers to other cemeteries or for cremation. Having to satisfy so many demands, a hearse must be designed and developed to perform several purposes.
The manufacturer must guarantee flexibility and an ability to identify with the professional undertaker.