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Published on 4/1/2021

Published by marketing@concretebroker.com.au

Concreters hung out to dry after recent east coast rains

Concrete suppliers fail to meet demand


 

Cover photo courtesy of the abc.net.au

 

 

Concreters hung out to dry after recent east coast rains

 

Concrete Suppliers across the East Coast of Australia turned off the taps this week when it came to supplying concrete. Whether it was Hanson, Holcim, Boral or Metromix, concrete suippliers were at full capacity and unable to take bookings this week as the Easter long weekend fast approached. In Sydney those concreters wishing to concrete and earn some money before the long weekend, were left stranded without concrete trucks. And those who did order trucks found themselves waiting hours for them to arrive. Not much joy for those used to paying their concrete suppliers waiting time. 

Many concrete broker members have now had just about enough of the antics played by those in the large concrete supply firms. "They only look after the construction companies at the big end of town", said one member, who wished to remain anonymous. "You can never book in concrete before 10.30 am, or even 12.00 on most week days, he said. "Most of the big infrastructure projects are running, and us little guys don't even get he look in," he continued on to say.

 

Small concreters find it difficult to order concrete
from major concrete suppliers
 

Recent heavy rains in western and northern Sydney, and along the East Coast of NSW, have left building and construction managers weeks behind of schedule, making the need for concrete even greater, now the sun's out that is. And those looking for a garden shed, a new footpath or driveway are in the same boat (sometimes literally). Customers in Glenorie, Windsor and even those as far south as Mittagong, iin the Southern Highlands of NSW, have had month after month of wet weather, leaving them weeks if not months behind on their project plans. With the La Nina weather pattern supposedly dissipating into winter, perhaps there is a small ray of light for those longing to finalise their building projects.

Yet the shortage of concrete trucks and concrete supply in general poses a greater problem for those in the construction industry. Many hours of down time are spent either waiting for trucks to arrive, or alternatively seeking out days when they can actually book a decent sized concrete pour in. Therefore the economy in general is held to ransom at times by the large concrete suppliers, who manage their budgets on a shoe string, as they strive to save on overtime costs, labour and truck hire multiples. "It's a vicious circle," says Tim Harrison, Concrete Broker member. "On the one hand you have large concrete suppliers anxious to cut excess costs, keep their truck numbers to a premium and raise concrete prices. And on the other you have the everyday concreter and builder hung out to dry by bad weather, project delays, COVID lockdowns and traffic congestion. Whilst at the top of the funnel you have a residential property and contruction market on the rise, funnelling increased demand for building and concrete", he said. 

 

Large construction and infrastructure projects are soaking up most of the concrete
on offer on the East Coast of Australia

 

The answer may result in new concrete plants being built to soak up some of this excess demand for concrete. Many of the concrete suppliers we spoke with during the week, including RediCrete on the East Coast, had plans to either build or acquire new concrete plants. These new plants may not come fast enough for those consistently being rejected by the large concrete suppliers in the Metropolitan areas on the East Coast.

 

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