Electrical trade associations urge members to plan ahead amidst materials shortage

Alan Wilson

SELECT and the ECA has issued joint alerts to members warning them about extended delays in acquiring materials due to shortages.

The advice by the electrical trade associates comes shortly after BEAMA warned that demand for materials was likely to outstrip supply for many months to come.

The manufacturer’s trade association said that a dramatic reduction in global steel production in the early days of the 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 a businesses attempt to meet growth in demand and complete unfinished projects.

Alan Wilson, managing director of SELECT, said, “Any shortage of materials is an issue that will clearly affect all contractors, so it’s vital for everyone to plan ahead and take proactive measures now.

“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.”

Steve Bratt

ECA CEO, Steve Bratt, added, “When planning a project, bear in mind the world has changed. Delays in availability of some materials is 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 are in an evolving situation, our Member support (link) will keep you informed as and when things change.”