delay the installation of new windows and doors to construction sites that are ready. We are learning, quickly and quite painfully, how inter-connected the supply chain really is. Delays on only a few select materials can cascade delays all around which eventually impact businesses at the bottom of the chain and ultimately, homeowners. Over the next six months, with predictions of delays and shortages due to become worse, we absolutely have to communicate the current circumstances as clearly and as loudly to not only our own sectors but the general public. We have to take charge of managing expectations, keep people informed and extend lead times as far as we need to in order to keep control of the workload.

Construction pressures grow Things aren’t looking great in the wider construction sector either. For the past few weeks, there have been reports of sites having to close or stop work due to a lack of available materials. These are just some of the reported shortages, but not all: • Steel • Timber

• Roof tiles • Insulation • Plaster • Bricks • Blocks • Sand • Cement

That is just to mention a few of the raw materials the construction sector is facing a shortage of at the moment. The CLC and others have warned that the situation is likely to get worse and that if things don’t improve, sites stopping work is going to become more regular. This is going to impact the fenestration sector and the problems in our sector could impact construction sites too. If site completions are being delayed, it means the installation of the windows and doors into those projects is going to create delays and will impact the glazing companies who deal with commercial and new-build contracts. This will push lead times out further. If there are delays in the fenestration world on getting materials such as glass and hardware, it’s going to

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