Here’s how COVID19 is impacting the supply chain and slowing construction, not just in Sydney, but also around the country.
Lack of supplies
China is the largest supplier of cladding, paint, glass, and a whole host of other vital components necessary for construction. The Chinese New Year celebrations have put the brakes on construction projects every year, and construction companies know to adjust for it.
However, the spread of coronavirus soon after put China in lockdown, with no clear idea about when they will get back into full swing again. The Chinese government is being cautious about letting people out of their homes, but it’s still early days.
It’s slow going, and it means that the mighty manufacturing segment of China will take a while to develop full steam and get back to its previous capacity.
The challenge of finding other sources
Once builders realised they couldn’t get their usual level of supplies from Bunnings – which gets most of its product from China – they started to hunt down other sources.
The problem is, the other sources aren’t geared up to produce the kind of volumes which used to flow out of China every week. Plus, big players in the construction industry were quick to shore up those supplies, and smaller companies have been left to scramble for whatever is left.
Australia’s lockdown measures
Naturally, with communities all over Australia getting put into lockdown and isolation, one of the first things to suffer are planned projects that haven’t quite got off the ground.
People are either waiting to see how things pan out or have put the project on hold until people can move about freely again.
The current outlook appears to be doom and gloom, but economies always recover, and it’s essential to look for the silver lining. In terms of the Australian economy, being cut off from overseas suppliers may mean that local suppliers finally get their chance to shine and reach a broader market.
Once things recover, having an established local supplier could mean the construction industry learns to rely more on local business, rather than huge overseas monopolies, and that will only do good things for the Sydney construction industry.nstruction.
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