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Fasteners and fixings to fix the construction crisis

02 September 2019

The UK’s construction industry is seemingly on the cusp of crisis point, with many different factors causing projects to slow and impact efficiency. Vincent Matthews, Marketing Manager at SFS, discusses how fasteners and fixings can raise productivity once again and help keep construction work on track.

The challenges faced by the construction industry are widely acknowledged. One of the biggest issues for construction is poor productivity. Common factors that lead into this are delays in equipment being delivered to site, poor weather, not ordering enough materials, and not specifying the right product from suppliers.

Further hampering productivity is the ongoing skills shortage. According to The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the UK needs to find 157,000 new recruits by 2021 in order to keep up with demand. Brexit is set to compound this issue even more. With a lack of available labour to fulfil the work, projects are falling behind, and costs are going up.

Then there’s the digital transformation being imposed on all layers of construction, through the likes of government schemes like Digital Britain and the need to work smarter with new technology. The initiative aims to transform how construction comes together, placing more emphasis on BIM (building information modelling).

Read the full article in the September issue of DPA.

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