The construction industry continues to be impacted by extraordinary market conditions, with ongoing price increases and extended leadtimes - as a result of raw material shortages and related freight issues. 

In the month since our last update, this has been further impacted by the continued boom in the RMI sector, with homeowners investing in their indoor and outdoor living spaces - particularly seen on landscaping products and garden buildings. We have also seen a surge in house building - with new house starts at record numbers for the past 18 months and momentum gathering on infrastructure and commercial projects such as HS2 - with further demand impacts expected on aggregates and other raw materials.

These factors are continuing to impact our key product categories (updated 03.06.2021):

PLASTIC DRAINAGE Continues to suffer from interrupted supply of raw materials on PVC resins and rising costs. Wavin is reviewing the supply capacity of Ultrarib for June due to limited PVC resin supply. Ultrarib is currently on 4 weeks+ leadtime and Osmadrain pipe 2-3 weeks. 
Polypipe Building Products are pushing leadtimes to 4 weeks on all new orders from 1st June. Therefore new orders will not be delivered until July earliest. This will allow backorders to be prioritised. Leadtimes on Polysewer remain upto 6 weeks. See communication here from the supplier.                  
Where appropriate, we can assist with switching to Clay, Concrete and smoothwall pipe for sewer applications.
PLASTIC CIVILS Raw material shortages on PVC, Polyethylene and Polypropylene are impacting all suppliers across the market. Polypipe Civils are currently experiencing leadtimes of up to 2-3 weeks. With their Sewer Drain, Land Drain, Class 1 and Telecoms Duct product ranges rotated for the next 2 months due to resin shortages
CHANNEL DRAINAGE Impacted by a high demand in housing and landscaping RMI markets. ACO Water Management’s standard leadtime has increased to 7 days on key products.
Landscaping related products like Hexdrain, RainDrain, Threshold have leadtimes between 3-6 weeks.
UTILITIES Most suppliers are on normal leadtimes, with a few exceptions Viking Johnson leadtimes are 4-8 weeks for new orders of mechanical couplings and fittings. Keyline stockist branches are holding good levels to service Framework business.
Radius Systems, Peak Pipes and Westwood Pipelines quoting 3-7 weeks on selected HPPE lines, particularly larger projects.
CEMENT Leadtimes impacted across all suppliers/ products. Hanson are working to 10 day leadtimes and currently have a nationwide allocation in place for all products.
HARD LANDSCAPING Leadtimes are impacted across all suppliers. Marshalls leadtimes vary from 2-8 weeks depending on product type
Tobermore 2-4 weeks, Aggregate Industries 2-3 weeks, Brett Landscaping 2 -3 Weeks - demand driven.
GEOSYNTHETICS Raw material shortages are impacting all suppliers across the market. Terram and Geosynthetics 8-12 weeks leadtime, with Wrekin 5-10 days - which is demand driven
For further information regarding supply issues impacting the wider construction industry, please see the latest Construction Product Availability Statement issued last week.


Our colleagues continue to work closely with customers to manage the supply of product for their projects and minimise impact wherever possible. Strong stock holdings are still in place across our national-network, along with committed support from our supplier partners. We are also expanding our supplier portfolio to secure additional supply in key product categories where possible. 


We are continuing to work closely with our suppliers to minimise the impact on our customers wherever possible. A vital part of this is prompt notification of manufacturer increases as they are issued. These are published on our website here and will continue to be updated with any new increases received. With raw material costs remaining volatile further increases may be announced during the second half of the year.

Please note, that due to the extended leadtimes and product allocations currently being experienced the majority of suppliers have stated that products will be invoiced based on delivery date not on date of order. 

We thank you again for your continued support and ask that if you have any immediate concerns please speak to your local branch or sales contact who will be able to support you with additional details and information. 

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