It all began in 1962, when Mr. Guy Canard, who then worked as a carpenter, began making coffins. In 1971, that sole-operator business became a limited liability company, Etablissements Canard S.A., which was a first of a long series; 1979 saw the setting up of the first funeral director, Pompes Funèbres Canard Digoin, and 1980 was the first year of activity for SCIEMO, a sawmill set up at Ets. Canard.
1991 saw the setting up of a second coffin factory : SEFIC (Société Européenne de Fabrication Industrielle de Cercueils), which added to the business at Ets. Canard. In 2007, a second funeral director, Pompes Funèbres Canard Paray-Le-Monial, was set up; a third funeral director, Pompes Funèbres Canard Gueugnon, was bought out in 2010, and a third coffin factory, MIV Lagarde, was bought out in 2011.
Ambition, rigour, performance, and productivity are the main secrets of our success.
The family group accounts for 18% of the French market, and it is recognised across Europe, being a leading European coffin manufacturer.
The Canard Group makes 450 coffins a day, i.e. about 100 000 coffins a year, with 15 points of sale across Mainland France to offer our clients close access and speed of service.
Gilles and Bernard Canard are currently at the head of the Group. They joined in 1978 and 1981, respectively, and they maintain the same mindset to offer the utmost degree of satisfaction to their clientele.
We manufacture a wide range of coffins in France.