Lead times: April-June 2018
More packages experienced an increase in lead times than in the previous quarter, while a growing number of companies are struggling to find skilled labour as workloads increase
03 / Lead times summary
Rotary piling ▶ lead times remain at eight weeks, after a reduction last quarter due to reduced demand. In the next six months, demand is anticipated to generally remain the same. Pre-cast piling ▶ lead times remain at four weeks; workload and enquiry levels over the next six months remain level – no change expected. Concrete works ▶ lead times remain level at 10 weeks, with concerns regarding the impact of Brexit on availability of labour, but contractors do not anticipate this impacting the next six months. Structural steel frames ▲ lead times have increased by one week to 15 weeks following a dip last quarter and are forecast to remain consistent despite a reduction in workload.
Cladding – natural materials ▶ lead times remain at 39 weeks; workload and enquiries have grown but no change is forecast for the remainder of 2018. Cladding – metal panellised ▶ lead times remain at 50 weeks with no change reported. Cladding – curtain walling system lead times have been restated at 60 weeks due to better information, although there is wide fluctuation between forecasts from curtain wall specialists.
Atrium roof ▶ lead times remain at 31 weeks with no changes reported. Roof finishes – asphalt/membrane ▶ lead times remain at seven weeks; contractors do not anticipate changes in the next six months. Roof finish – profiled metal ▶ lead times remain at 15 weeks. Workload and enquiries remain the same and therefore no changes are anticipated.
Facade cleaning equipment ▶ lead times remain at 33 weeks and contractors are still busier with enquiries compared with six months ago but do not anticipate any change over the next six months.