Lead times: January–June 2020

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Lead times have proved remarkably resilient to change

03 / Lead times summary

Concrete works lead times have risen one week to 11 weeks. Enquiries are up and workload down from six months ago; contractors anticipate no change in lead times over the next six months. Labour availability is an issue due to social distancing restrictions. Structural steel frames lead times remain at 17 weeks, with workload and enquiries unchanged from six months ago. No change in lead times is forecast.

Cladding – natural materials  lead times remain at 39 weeks; workload is steady but enquiries are down. A rise in lead times is forecast due to closure of manufacturing facilities. There is still much uncertainty around the impact of coronavirus. Cladding – metal panelised system lead times have risen two weeks to 52 weeks and are expected to go higher due to potential labour issues and some suppliers increasing procurement periods.

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