AN INDUSTRY-WIDE appeal to manufacturers to support the building sector’s crucial recovery by addressing materials shortages and supply chain problems has been issued by the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum (CLF).
The CLF is holding a major virtual event to which all the main construction players and manufacturing organisations have an open invitation. The event is in collaboration with the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
Scottish Manufacturing – the Opportunity for Construction, will be an interactive webinar held on Tuesday, 31 August 10.00am – 11.15am. The keynote speaker will be the Scottish Government Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, Ivan McKee.
Materials Supply Chain
The online event takes place at a time when the construction industry is facing global materials shortages as countries race to make up ground lost in 2020.
UK construction activity levels are at a 7-year high and costs are rising at the fastest pace for 24 years. The industry also faces an unprecedented retrofit challenge as it seeks to deliver a net zero built environment in response to the climate emergency.
Delegates will hear from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government about the scope and scale of the opportunities available to manufacturers to not only fill current supply chain gaps, but to create sustainable new markets and bolster long-term raw material security by promoting home-grown materials and products.
Peter Reekie, CE of the Scottish Futures Trust and chair of the CLF, said: “There is no doubt that the construction industry in Scotland is facing a challenging situation.
“We want to use this event to map the supply chain landscape and articulate the opportunities for manufacturers in terms of new technologies to increase their capacity, attractiveness and competitiveness.
“Great strides have already been made in off-site manufacturing which increase speed and efficiency and successful demonstrator projects are showing terrific potential for the use of home-grown timber.”
The demonstrator project at CSIC’s innovation factory in Hamilton could lead to the mainstream use of home-grown timber in Scottish and the rest of the UK construction, as well as the development of the country’s first engineered timber manufacturing plant.