The business situation in the global construction industry continues to be positive, however, the lack of material availability of globally traded raw materials such as wood, steel and petroleum is clouding expectations. The dilemma becomes clear when looking at the timber price development as an example.
Since a low in April 2020, the price of lumber has increased by nearly 300%.
Demand from the US and China exceeds supply on the world markets and causes supply bottlenecks for wood, in particular in Europe.
The lack of availability will increase prices for construction in the medium term. Even worse is a possible shutdown of construction sites, which would have negative consequences for the entire industry. The shortage of materials has the potential to bring construction sites to a standstill this summer.