Why paint could be next victim of UK’s supply crisis

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Leyland SDM, a decorative and DIY supply business with 32 stores across the UK, recently hung posters in their shop windows: “Lack of paint soon, panic buy here!”

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Ordinarily, customers would have smiled and dismissed the slogan as a drooling occasional joke, but in post-Brexit, pandemic-recovery Britain 2021, barren supermarket shelves and petrol forecourts queue around the block. Now an everyday sight, are we absolutely sure this is definitely a crapshoot?

The company’s chief executive, Jonathan Jennings, reassures, “We really didn’t see any panic, it was just a tongue-in-cheek bit of humour.” Granthshala. “We like to joke a little.”

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“In terms of panic buying, we did a little bit as a business,” he explains. “We had anticipated stock shortage this year, so back in January, we actually stockpiled a lot of paints and key products, which has put us in a good position.

“We have a warehouse in Wembley, we have a very small warehouse in Acton and another in Cricklewood in north London and we basically filled them with as many palettes of paint as you could possibly get.”

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That foresight has continued to pay off throughout the year, with the company’s bold initial outlay enabling it to keep its shelves lined with freshly painted tins, an all-important line that accounts for nearly half of Leyland’s business and which The boredom of homeowners is on the rise during the lockdown. Entertainment turned to fresh decor and again this year when shops and hotels moved to smarten up their premises before reopening.

While demand is certainly there, the complex, interconnected nature of the global supply chain means stores like Leyland simply can’t rest easy; Merely a supplier suffering a covid outbreak at its manufacturing plant or failing to meet a delivery commitment could all but inflict chaos.

“As soon as one of those really frustrates you and you don’t have a back-up plan, you’ve got a problem,” says Mr. Jennings. “Whether you’re building a motor car, a washing machine, or a tin of paint, this is what happens.”

The executive says his company faces a “constant battle to be first in line for production line manufacturing” and “invests enormous resources to stay ahead of the game”, notably Extra hiring to stay agile and stay on top of the product. sourcing

“I wouldn’t say we’re not worried,” he says.

fear of a “Great British DIY Crunch” The last one was raised in late May when builders dealer Travis Perkins warning many times The price of bagged cement was set to rise by 15 per cent, chipboard by 10 per cent and paint by five per cent in response to high demand for the raw material from both home decorators and professionals, compounded by supply chain issues. It got pretty bad.

national statistics office Material cost predicted to increase by eight percent at the same time.

Recently, data from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy indicated that the cost of materials such as roofing tiles, cement and lumber Huge increase of 23 percent Year-on-year in August and 2.8 percent month-on-month in July.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders Granthshala: “For several months, traders requiring construction materials to complete projects have found them in short and uncertain supply, facing increased costs as a result.

“Our most recent membership survey highlighted that during Q2 2021, 98 per cent of builders had faced material shortage and were expected to continue into the autumn.

“Small construction companies already often operate on low margins and builders rely heavily on traders who have the materials they need on a day-to-day basis.”

For the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), the current shortage of lorry drivers is at the heart of the building industry’s woes.

“Within the UK, the shortage of HGV drivers is affecting every sector and will take several months to resolve, despite government action to increase driver testing,” CLC said last month.

“It is a major contributor to delivery delays across all construction product segments; One manufacturer reported that ‘there are products piled up in factories that we can’t take out’.

The construction sector is grappling with material shortages and rising prices

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The construction sector is grappling with material shortages and rising prices

John Newcomb, chief executive of the Builders Merchant Federation, says: “Builders merchants have done a great job managing product demand and supply, but transportation is the biggest problem at the moment and it’s our top priority.”

His assessment of the situation is echoed by Nigel Ogilvy, chief executive of the Painting and Decorating Association, who said P&D News: “During the main lockdown all our members reported that things were going quite well, however white, magnolia and emulsion were a bit of a problem and there was some real shortage in the north-east, on the south coast and in the London area.

“By far the biggest area since Brexit where it has affected us.”

Mr Ogilvy says most members of his organization use paints manufactured in the UK, but often require specialist materials imported from the EU, which is now a much more complicated bureaucratic business since Brexit, which allows containers from Asia. Increased shipping cost.

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