Production Update

At Robinson Manufacturing we have seen quite a few notes to the housebuilder industry and thought we’d jump on the bandwagon (these are more freely available than hauliers).

2021 has been a tough one for everyone in the building industry; COVID and Brexit have been instrumental in causing chaos and disruption throughout the supply chain. We understand the challenges our suppliers, customers and friends face as we face them daily too.

Timber has not been as freely available as any of us would like and prices have been shooting up. We continue to be open and transparent on these and suspect that these are levelling off.

Previously we have asked you to bear with us and thank you for doing that. Our call off times are extended up to circa 7 weeks across trusses and joists. Trusses have come in over the last few weeks and I suspect this will reach 4 to 5 weeks over the next 4 weeks. Joists are slightly different and somewhat in the hands of some of our friends in our supply chain and haulage.

However, as much as we continue to plan we have to continue to be a little realistic about the underlying issues. These include –

  • The haulage sector has suffered 15000 driver loses. Haulage continues to be an issue. Not just for us. Across the supply chain and wider sectors.
  • Our suppliers continue to have their own challenges, haulage and good availability. We continue to work with them and try to make them feel better about themselves where needed.
  • Isolation can kill our factories in one hit. This can push out production days, if not weeks. We can replan and reschedule but when our workers get told to isolate it really does ruin our planning.

Those people that are in and at work continue to be supported, loved and made tea. They, like us, are only human. They are all doing their best.

We ask you to continue to do what you have always done, bear with us, talk to us and give us as much notice you can on build programmes.

Thank you for your continued business, support and engagement in these very strange times.

Simon Kidney

If you have a development project you’d like to talk to our timber frame team about, email or call us on 01933 279597.