Through 2013 on Facebook we shared with our ‘friends’ a Design of the Week. On many occasions throughout the year the design reflected of what was in the news at the time. We had many people contributing by utilising our design online tool to pull together something relevant to a particular issue.
We have just finished a successful exhibit at the Cremation Association of North America CANA) Symposium, held in Las Vegas. The event focussed on embracing new ways to engage families and the community, including using social media (so don’t forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter). Combined with a discussion about the increasing number of cremations, it was perfect timing for LifeArt to position itself as part of this conversation.
According the Andy Brown, LifeArt Director Sales, North America “Although many of those attending had not seen LifeArt before, we were quickly recognised for the leadership role we have taken in personalising a service.”
LifeArt’s Executive Chairman and CEO, Mike Grehan has been made an Ambassador of the Asia Funeral Expo organisation. Mike will be a keynote speaker at (AFE) to be held in Macau from 8 May. With ‘sustainable development’ to be the main theme of the event, Mike was seen as a logical choice for this key role.
Mike says, “Being asked to fill the role of the Ambassador is a great honour. It’s a sign of respect and recognition of the leadership role we have taken. LifeArt has built a great reputation as an innovator, particularly in the area of ‘sustainable development’.
Last year the AFE attracted over 110 exhibitors from 17 countries, with over 2700 buyers, delegations, associations, officials and funeral professionals from 34 countries and regions attending, including 24 international groups.
January saw the first shipment leaving our China factory in Guangdong Province (60 minutes from Hong Kong) headed for the United States. It was a significant occasion, signalling an increase in LifeArt’s capacity to service global demand as well as enabling funeral homes and cremation societies in the US to begin offering our range to the public.
The initial container is currently being distributed to locations in Missouri, Illinois, Chicago and Texas. The Cremation Society of Illinois and the Evergreen Casket Company are making LifeArt available to their network. There is much anticipation about the availability in the US as many have watched the success we have had in Australia and spent time talking to us at various conferences around the world.