City of Cologne opts for ‘the Facultatieve’

After a thorough European tender process, this week the City of Cologne chose ‘the Facultatieve Group’ as operator of the crematorium in Cologne. Cologne Crematorium is Facultatieve Germany’s third, after the crematorium Memmingen and the Crematorium Niederrhein Willich. The Crematorium in Cologne was opened in 1937 and carries out around 4,000 cremations per year. The building is listed.

Now that the decision has been taken by the City Council, intensive consultation will take place over the coming months to implement the agreements. The expectation is that the actual transfer of operations may take place as early as in March 2019.

Stefan van Dorsser, director of Facultatieve Deutschland GmbH is delighted: “With over 100 years of experience, six crematoria in the Netherlands and two crematoria in Germany within our Group, we knew we were in with a great chance. We are thrilled and very grateful that the City of Cologne has shown such confidence in us. Our top priorities are always quality of service, cooperation and respect for the deceased and the bereaved. Cologne Crematorium clearly has the potential to become a pioneer in Germany, just like our other crematoria. And together with the City, that is exactly what we will strive to achieve. A great challenge that we relish.”

18 December, 2018|

Memorial evening at Westerveld

Westerveld Cemetery & Crematorium will organise a memorial evening on Friday, 2 November. From 7.00 to 8.30 p.m., Westerveld would like to invite you to join us in remembrance, and to light a candle in the memorial park. A sensitively lit route will be set out with beautiful poetry along the way and live music here and there. Everyone is welcome.

Remembering together
“It’s comforting to recall memories and to discover you’re not alone in this,” explains Carla Bosua, Director of Westerveld Cemetery & Crematorium. “That’s why we’re once again organising a memorial evening this year. To give everyone the opportunity for remembrance, but also to enjoy a very special evening with beautiful music, poetry and togetherness. We’ve found it means a great deal to many people.”

Who will you light a candle for?
KRO-NCRV will once again be broadcasting the memorial evening live. During the programme, family members will recount memories of their loved ones and popular Dutch singers will perform comforting songs.

11 October, 2018|

Successful participation by TroBit during the VTU trade event

TroBit,– part of ‘the Facultatieve Group’ – participated as an exhibitor during the VTU (Funeral Suppliers’ Association) trade event on Wednesday 26 September in Gorinchem, near Rotterdam.

Great interest was shown in the TroBit funeral software; the various possibilities were demonstrated to the visitors.
Stefan van Dorsser of TroBit: “It was a very successful day; our software is aimed at funeral organisations, municipalities, cemeteries and crematoria, among others. But we have also developed a special package for start-up companies. Many of these new and smaller entrepreneurs were very enthusiastic about the options and user-friendliness offered by the UitvaartLite software developed specially for their purposes.” 

VTU trade event
The VTU trade event was organised on the initiative of the VTU (Funeral Suppliers’ Association). For more information:

2 October, 2018|

FT attracts huge amount of interest at BEFA

In May, FT enjoyed a very prominent presence at BEFA 2018 (10–12 May) in Messe Düsseldorf (Germany). The many thousands of visitors to this four-yearly international trade fair were very interested in the fully automated systems that FT supplies worldwide ensuring crematoria comply with the most stringent of environmental legislation.

5 June, 2018|

Crematorium Duisburg opts for FT

Safe, efficient, silent and reliable. The experience with the first High Speed Cremulator was so good that in March, the crematorium in Duisburg purchased not only a second Cremulator but also commissioned an Ash Transfer Cabinet from FT. “The High Speed Cremulator is very quiet, reliable and unusually fast,” says Thomas Lewen, the crematorium’s Technical Director. “Ash is processed in just three minutes, with the Ash Transfer Cabinet then filling the ash container dust-free. We like working with these machines. The Ash Transfer Cabinet is very easy to operate for our staff and also ensures a safe working environment.”

1 May, 2018|

A lot of attention for FT during Tanexpo 2018

As global market leader in the fields of design, construction and maintenance of cremators and incineration equipment, FT (Facultatieve Technologies) attended the Tanexpo in Bologna (Italy) from 5 through 7 April. Professionals from 55 countries attended this trade fair, held once every two years.

At our stand, we informed many customers and interested parties about the latest state-of-the-art technologies and possibilities.

30 April, 2018|