NEWS

Lack of lorry drivers fuels materials shortage crisis

Thursday 24th June 2021  A shortage of lorry drivers is intensifying the construction materials crisis as sites struggle to get deliveries to fuel booming demand. The latest update from industry leaders highlighted growing problems in the haulage industry. A statement from John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation and Peter Caplehorn, CEO of the Construction Products...

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Volume of timber imports in Q1 2021 is the highest since 2007

Tuesday 15th June 2021 The volume of timber and panel products imported in Q1 2021 was at its highest in more than a decade, since Q1 2007, the latest Timber Trade Federation (TTF) statistics have shown. Q1 2021 solid timber and panel product import volumes were 23% higher than Q1 2020, nearing almost 3 million m3 (2,938,000 m3) as compared to last year’s 2,396,000m3. This make...

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Timber industry warns of major shortages in Q3 2021

 Monday 7th June 2021  The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has warned of major challenges ahead for timber users in Q3 2021, as the balance between supply and demand continues to tighten Recent communications from Sweden, who supply almost half of the structural wood that is used in the UK, have warned that current stock levels are at their lowest in over 20 years – despite...

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Brickwork contractors facing mortar rationing

Monday 24th May 2021.  Bulk mortar suppliers have been put on allocation by major cement suppliers limiting their ability to manufacture and supply. One dry mortar supplier Remix temporarily stopped taking orders this week although it hopes to get back on track next week. Another big industry supplier Euromix has written to customers warning of disruption to supplies. Kev...

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'Have you got your cedar yet?'

Friday 21st May 2021  Any regular Western Red Cedar buyers should take a look at this interview for an insight as to the current market.

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Cladding shortages reach crisis point

Wednesday 19th May 2021  The shortage of metal cladding and roofing has reached crisis point with contractors being told fresh supplies won’t hit sites until next year. The Enquirer has been contacted by worried contractors who have been told by some suppliers that they cannot fulfill new orders until January 2022. One contracting boss said: “Getting claddin...

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Materials shortages threatening pace of rebound

Monday 10th May 2021.  Fears are growing that materials shortages could derail the strong construction rebound. Residential activity leads ways as all sectors of construction swing back into growth According to an industry poll of construction surveyors, the recovery strengthened in the first three months of the year lead by strong house building activity. Respondents to the l...

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