Material Shortages

The finishes and interiors sector is facing unprecedented material shortages and inflation in a number of areas (including gypsum products, steel, fixings, insulation, sealants and adhesives and timber).

In the wake of the COVID pandemic the finshes and interiors sector faces intense supply issues, FIS is urging the supply chain to heed the advice of the Construction Leadership Council and apply the lessons learned in 2020 about working in partnership and collaboration.  This is a issue for the entire supply chain, but specialist contractors are reporting these acute challenges are being ignored in the wake of pressure to simply maintain programme.  This is unacceptable, we need to be working together, alert and reactive to the challenges on the ground and focussed on the very real risks of undermining specifications, warranties and even compliance and, at the same time, destroying businesses in our rush to get the job done.

You can access the latest FIS Statement on Shortages (which provides a backdrop and links to available price index sources) here.

You can access the latest Construction Leadership Council Product Availablity Statement here.

Construction Product Availability Statement

Construction Product Availability Statement

Construction Product Availability: 29 November 2021 Statement from John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation and Peter Caplehorn, CEO of the Construction Products Association, co-chairs of the Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability working...

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Government announces measures to ease risk of shortages

Government announces measures to ease risk of shortages

The Government has announced a package of measures to tackle the shortage of HGV drivers, which is causing widespread disruption across supply chains. It includes training 4,000 new drivers, offering 5,000 temporary visas for HGV drivers in the run up to Christmas,...

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