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October 2018

Rotary Piling lead times remain at 8 weeks for the second quarter in succession. Generally the demand in the next six months is anticipated to remain the same with no change to lead times. Pre-cast Piling lead time remains at 4 weeks, workload and enquiry levels over the next six months remains the same therefore no change in lead time are expected.

Concrete Works lead times remain the same at 10 weeks, contractor’s enquiry levels remain static. There are still concerns regarding the impact of Brexit on availability of labour but contractors do not anticipate this impacting on their lead times over the next six months.

Structural Steel Frames lead times remain at 15 weeks following a period of fluctuation. Lead times are forecast to remain consistent over the next 6 months.

Cladding - Natural Material lead time remain at 39 weeks, workload and enquiries remain at a consistent level with no change in lead times is forecast for the remainder of 2018.

Cladding – metal panellised system Lead times remain at 50 weeks with some companies reporting increased workload and enquiries which they anticipate could lead to increases in lead times in the next six months.

Cladding – curtain walling system lead times remain at 60 weeks, although companies are generally busier with signs of enquiries on the increase they do not anticipate lead times changing in the next six months.

Atrium Roof lead times remain at 31 weeks with no changes reported.

Roof Finishes – asphalt / membrane lead times remain at 7 weeks. With enquiries and workload remaining consistent, contractors do not anticipate lead times changing in the next 6 months.

Roof Finish - profiled metal lead times remain at 15 weeks. Workload and enquiries remain the same and therefore no changes in lead times are anticipated in the next six months.

Façade Cleaning Equipment lead times remain at 33 weeks, contractors continue to be busier with increased enquiries compared to six months ago but they do not anticipate any change over the next six months.

Brickwork lead times remain at 11 weeks. Workload and enquiries remain at a consistent level therefore no changes in lead times anticipated over the next six months.

Blockwork lead times remain at 7 weeks, companies do not expect lead times to increase over the next six months with workload and enquiries remaining the same.

Dry lining lead time remain at 13 weeks following the small increase last quarter. Workload remains higher but enquiry levels have levelled off. A shortage of skilled dry liners and GRG specialists is reported.

Demountable Partitions lead times remain at 11 weeks with companies reporting busier workload and increased enquiry levels, but no increase forecast in the next 6 months.

General Joinery lead times remains at 16 weeks with no change forecast in the next six months. Specialist Joinery lead times remain at 25 weeks following the one week increase last quarter due to increases in workload and enquiries, companies anticipate further increases in the next six months.

Raised Floors lead times remain at 6 weeks with no changes reported, despite a reduction in workload and enquiry levels.

Suspended Ceiling lead times remain at 13 weeks with no change reported.

Architectural Metalwork lead time remain at 15 weeks, companies report workload and enquiry levels have stabilised with no change in lead times anticipated in the next six months.

Decorative Wall Covering lead times remain at 4 weeks with no change anticipated in the next six months. Workload and enquiries remain static.

Internal Stone Floor and Wall Finish lead time remains at 34 weeks. Enquiry levels and workload remain stable, no change in lead times are forecast for the next six months.

Soft Floor Finish lead times remain at 11 weeks. No changes are anticipated as workload and enquiries remain static and materials have good availability.

Passenger Lift-non standard lead times continue to be on the increase with an additional 7 weeks in the design and manufacture taking lead times to 40 weeks, companies do not anticipate any changes for next six months.

Escalator Lead times remain at 19 with no change reported.

Electrical Package lead times remain at 20 weeks, workload and enquiries are static therefore companies do not forecast any increase in in lead times over the next 6 months.

Mechanical Packages lead times have increased by 2 weeks to 25 weeks, due to design and manufacture of mechanical equipment. Availability of skilled labour remains an issue, but companies do not anticipate lead times changing in the next 6 months.

Ductwork the lead times remains at 8 weeks, with workload and enquiry levels remaining static no change is forecast for the next six months.

Sprinklers Lead times remain at 8 weeks; contractors workload remains consistent and they do not forecast an increase in lead times over the next six months.

Security Systems Lead times remain at 6 weeks with potential for increase over the next six months due to Christmas Holiday impacting on supplies.

Controls lead times remain at 9 weeks. Enquiries and workload are down which is forecast to reduce lead times over the next six months.

IT Infrastructure Equipment lead time remain at 10 weeks

Data and Voice Cabling lead times remain at 13 weeks with no changes forecast.

Fire detection and voice alarm systems lead times remains at 5 weeks, the previously reported slowdown in workload has stabilised and enquiries remain at a consistent level therefore no change is forecast over the next 6 months.

Hard landscaping lead times remain at 15 weeks.

Logistics Services lead time remains at 5 weeks, there is no change forecast in the next six months.

Only two packages are fluctuating this quarter with increases for the second quarter in succession for mechanical packages and non-standard passenger lifts, with both reporting increased pressure on design and manufacturing resources as the reason. Uncertainty over the impact of Brexit on labour and imported materials remains a concern. Across the majority of packages workload and enquiry levels remain at a consistent level.

Data capture and analysis by Mace Business School. For more details on the article and the contributors please visit www.macegroup.com/people/suppliers.