Lead times have been static for most suppliers in the first quarter of the year despite some reporting increased enquiries and workloads
Despite some reports of increasing enquiries and workload, lead times have held steady for the most part as suppliers try to stay competitive. Brian Moone of Mace reports
Lead times are frozen across the board, and with enquiry levels beginning to fall, there are unlikely to be many increases over the next six months. Brian Moone of Mace reports
Previous lead times
Many suppliers of M&E and other factory-made components have reduced capacity, while more overseas players are entering the market. Brian Moone examines what this means for lead times
Lead times remain extremely low across all trades, with any bottlenecks being absorbed by the pre-construction programmes of contractors eager to win work. Brian Moone of Mace reports
There was very little change in the final quarter, suggesting that the rise in enquiries earlier in the year failed to translate into increased workload. Brian Moone of Mace reports
Although lead times remain overwhelmingly stable, growth in tower construction in London will affect capacity in steel fabrication, vertical transportation and cladding.
The earthquake in Japan has had a negative effect on electronic control equipment and the steel market is fluctuating but enquiries are up and lead times remain stable. Brian Moone of Mace reports
Despite some components being harder to find and enquiries up, lead times remain overwhelmingly stable, with only two sectors reporting an increase in the last quarter. Brian Moone of Mace reports
The overwhelming stability of lead times continues, and despite reports of busier order books from clients looking to reduce costs, the next six months look equally flat. Brian Moone of Mace reports
The reported increase in enquiries failed to convert to orders, and lead times are overwhelmingly stable this quarter. The next six months look quieter still. Brian Moone of Mace reports
It looks as though the industry may be turning the corner. Most contractors are reporting an increase in enquiries and for the first time in a long time, a package actually increased. Brian Moone of Mace reports
Lead times may have levelled out, but if you are commissioning the latest green technologies there could still be a bit of a wait. Brian Moone of Mace gives an idea of what to expect
Lead times remain extremely low and static across all trades, with rotary piling and facade cleaning the only packages showing any movement
The prospect of finding historic artefacts beneath a site is more likely to strike a developer with fear than excitement. But the real danger arises when it isn’t planned for, says Brian Moone
Vast civil engineering projects such as Crossrail are likely to keep concrete producers busy over the next couple of years, and lengthen lead times for diaphragm wall construction, says Brian Moone
London is a rare area of growth, says Brian Moone, and the projects coming back on line include large and complex towers. Developers and suppliers had better plan early to avoid logjams
To make sure your business doesn’t get hit hard by fluctuating lead times, you need to understand how international natural disasters could affect you - and where they are
Lead times are the best way to put yourself ahead of the market and stay competitive in these tough economic times, says Brian Moone. But how do you sustain this once demand picks up?
The downturn has put many contractors out of business, says Brian Moone. What impact is this likely to have on project lead times?
An increase in reported enquiries in many trades has not yet been converted to orders, but lead times are already creeping up in four areas compared with only one last quarter
If you want to know about the latest changes to lead times – well there are hardly any. Only two categories have altered, and the situation looks set to stay that way
Unsurprisingly, a weak economy has led to a reduced workload for many contractors, a few of whom are dropping lead times to a level not seen since 2003