In the northwestern Spain region of Galicia, the population of the village of Pinoyor does not exceed 1100 people, but it includes nine coffin factories, which have doubled their production in a country most affected by the outbreak of the Coruna virus (Covid-19).
The mayor, Jose Luis Gonzalez, says that the coffin factories in the village “registered a doubling of demand, compared to the pre-epidemic period.” Gonzales owns one of these factories, inherited it from his father, and handed over his administration to his son.
Production at his factory has increased, from “about two hundred coffins a month” to “nearly 400”.
Gonzales points out that increased demand in the third most affected country in the Covid-19 epidemic, with more than 19,000 deaths, is associated with import disruptions, as coffins made in China “have stopped arriving.”
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, factories in Benior have received orders from all parts of Spain, and they have fully met them, despite problems in supply during the first weeks, due to the strict house quarantine measures in the country. The mayor of the village points to a “panic of not being able to get coffins” at the beginning of the crisis.
He notes that in the face of the flow of requests, “we work longer hours, and coffins are made of lower quality.”
But why did all these coffin factories in a village once contain 13 of these concerns?
Gonzales attributes this to the abundance of pine trees in the area, saying, “It is a good place to set up a coffin factory, because the raw materials are locally available.”
However, the demand for these coffins changed in recent years, which contributed to changing production.
Gonzales explains that 25 years ago “we used to make rectangular boxes of pine”, but the demand is now focused on circular coffins and “pine wood cannot be recycled.”
This prompted coffin factories to move to wood fibers, which are easy to form, imported from Ivory Coast and processed in Valencia (east).
Jose Luis Gonzalez confirms that Benior has not yet recorded any cases of Covid-19, while the municipal staff remains in a state of alert, and helps residents of the most vulnerable groups to purchase food and medicine.
“I contact residents and the elderly almost daily,” he says. Everyone here has my number. ”