Almost all businesses to reopen in May
The timber supply chain is gearing up for business according to latest Confederation of Timber Industries survey, with almost all businesses to reopen in May.
The third of businesses which didn't close are set to be rejoined by the rest of the respondents, with most (99%) having either reopened or planning to this month.
Other interesting insights from the survey include:
Access to PPE was viewed as a risk particularly by members involved in manufacturing, with marked increases when filtering the results to Structural Timber Association and British Woodworking Federation members.
Manufacturing was the most affected sector in the timber supply chain, with these respondents far more likely to have closed for a period than sawmillers, merchants or other traders.
CTI Chair, Roy Wakeman OBE, said: “The results from this survey demonstrate the resilience of timber, and that as construction comes back on line, that businesses can have confidence in the merchants, manufacturers and traders they rely on to stand by them.
“Over the past six weeks the UK has faced some unprecedented challenges. Now as we seek to rebuild a better future beyond this crisis, we know timber will continue to grow as the material of choice for the construction industry.”