Shortage of building supplies and construction machinery in the UK

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Not only has COVID introduced a worldwide pandemic for the past couple of years, it has also caused certain industries a lot of hassle when it comes to material shortages. In particular, the construction sector. Building supplies and even construction machinery are becoming more in demand than the supply can even meet. 

Have you struggled to keep up with construction projects?

STRUGGLING TO GET YOUR HANDS ON BRICKS?

For another year, the demand for bricks is still at an all time high. With the increase of new build housing plans, construction companies cannot get their hands on bricks quick enough. Imports from the EU and further afield are being considered in order to meet the current demand in 2022. 

To improve the supply of bricks within the sector, three new brick making companies are due to assist with the manufacturing of bricks in 2023 and 2024. This will help towards the supply issues in the UK.           

DO YOU NEED ROOF TILES FOR PROJECTS?

Additionally, companies are struggling to obtain roof tiles. To produce roof tiles, the industry is looking at a wait time of anything between 24 and 41 weeks. The price of clay tiles has also been affected due to the current soaring energy prices. Other materials affected also include ceramic products, glass, steel and concrete. 

Luckily, the shortage of timber and cement has improved, but if you’re looking for bricks and roof tiles then unfortunately you’re out of luck!

OTHER FACTORS AFFECTING THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Not only are material shortages affecting workers in the industry, companies are also facing delays at the shipping port. This is expected to continue to at least the third quarter of 2022. Did you know that 7 out of 10 container ports are in China? 

So what’s the hold up we hear you ask?

Companies are facing supply chain disruptions as China, one of the main manufacturing countries in the world, locks down to reduce the spread of the latest COVID variant, Omicron. With it’s zero-tolerance approach to outbreaks, the hold up is massively affecting supply issues. 

To improve the air quality in China factories are also closing in 64 Chinese cities in the build up to the Olympics, being held in Beijing in February. What chaos for the construction industry!

CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY SHORTAGE

Construction machinery is also in very high demand by companies. For any individuals looking to buy new machinery will be facing the tough task of sourcing them. As manufacturer’s cut back on production during lockdowns in 2022, there is now a backlog of companies trying to obtain machines. Causing a huge wait time of up to 4 – 6 months on average.

Additionally, the shortage of steel and electronic components has caused a domino effect across all businesses. This has been an outgoing issue since April 2021, mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As companies are keeping hold of their construction machinery for longer periods of time, there is also a decrease in the number of machines being auctioned off. Luckily, for any buyers that know about International Plant Sales, have been in luck!

CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY AVAILABLE AT INTERNATIONALPLANT SALES

Whether you’re looking to buy an excavator, telehandler or even a backhoe loader, we have the perfect machine for you. Currently we have the following construction machinery for sale:

All of our machines come with warranty, manufacturer’s service history, one previous owner, and very low hours. We can also arrange international shipping to accommodate your needs too. 

CONTACT THE SALES TEAM TODAY

Are you struggling to get construction machinery for your fleet? Get a quote for any of our used plant equipment for sale today when you contact a member of our sales team.

Contact us today via email or call us on: (+44) 1634 779123.

We are also available via WhatsApp!

 

All information correct as of 24/01/22

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