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Last edited 11 Jun 2021
Materials shortage prompts extra planning
Increasingly long lead times for many products in mid-2021 has prompted ECA and SELECT to alert their members to the extended delays and urge them to plan ahead and order early. SELECT is the trade association for the electrical contracting industry in Scotland.
The joint call comes after ECA and SELECT met to identify key strategies and discuss how to continue their close collaboration. The two electrical trade bodies examined skills, training and the green revolution during the virtual meeting as they debated priorities for the second half of 2021 and beyond
 Extended shortages anticipated
The manufacturer’s trade association said a dramatic reduction in global steel production in the early days of the 2020/2021 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.
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 obstacles created by these unprecedented times.
ECA’s CEO, Steve Bratt said: “When planning a project, bear in mind the world has changed. Delays in availability of some materials are 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 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.”
This article originally appeared under the headline, 'Materials shortage - ECA and SELECT warn Members to plan ahead'. It was published on 10 May 2021.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Articles by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA).
- June 2021 construction product availability statement.
- Q2 2021 trends indicate higher costs, lower employment.
- SELECT Scotland's Electrical Trade Association.
- Shortages of cable management products.
- Supply chains in construction.
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