Materials shortage – companies warned to plan ahead 

Increasingly long lead times for many products has prompted ECA and SELECT to alert their Members to the extended delays and urge them to plan ahead and order early.

The warning by the leading trade associations comes hot on the heels of a recent warning by BEAMA that demand was likely to outstrip supply for many months to come.

The manufacturer’s trade association said a dramatic reduction in global steel production in the early days of the pandemic had led to severe shortages.

It added that, since mid-2020, the call for the types of steel used in cable management products, along with other applications, has increased as businesses attempt to meet a growth in demand and complete unfinished projects.

ECA’s CEO, Steve Bratt says: “When planning a project, bear in mind the world has changed. Delays in availability of some materials is impacting on cost and completion time. Our advice is to order the materials you need in good time to ensure you can finish as planned. We are in an evolving situation, our Member support will keep you informed as and when things change.”

Alan Wilson, Managing Director of SELECT, says: “Shortage of materials is an issue that will affect all contractors, so it’s vital for everyone to plan ahead and take proactive measures now.

“We join ECA in urging all Members to keep abreast of any updates and recognise that this could well be an issue as the year develops. Ordering well in advance and factoring in for potential shortages and rising costs will help if there is any ongoing disruption to the supply chain.”

Both organisations are urging any Members who are experiencing issues or want to find out more, to get in touch. ECA and SELECT are committed to offering advice and finding solutions to help Members overcome yet another obstacle created by these unprecedented times.

The joint call comes two weeks after ECA and SELECT met to identify key strategies and how to continue their close collaboration.

The two leading electrical trade bodies discussed skills, training and the green revolution during the virtual meeting as they debated priorities for the second half of 2021 and beyond.

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