And at the end
finished products are suffering. "If the price of aluminum
your window frames too. As for the rising cost of wood..,
the price of pallets for transporting goods, and
transport. Finally, I recently met an entrepreneur who uses
small steel nails for fixing plasterboard. Boxes
used to cost 300 euros, but now it's 500 euros",
says Véronique Vanderbruggen, spokesperson for Confédération Construction.
An example from the field that illustrates a very international issue, which
comes from production plants here and there. In the wake of
the arrival of the virus, many of them were indeed shut down or
anticipated the urgent drop in demand. It took some time
time, and are now struggling to catch up.
The virus also slowed down global shipping, with
ships stuck in dock around the world. Here again, the pump had to be primed. Not to mention unexpected events, such as the blockage of the busy Suez Canal last March. At the same time, demand exploded. All over the world, stimulus plans are mobilizing construction workers, as well as private individuals who - having tasted the joys of confinement - are investing in their homes.
The example of
And then there are the specific problems that each material
faces. Take wood, for example. The price of most types of wood rose sharply at the end of 2020. "This is essentially due to strong demand from the USA, where the construction sector increased production by 25% to last autumn. And there, people build a lot of wood. The other problem, again American, follows a decision by Donald Trump to tax Canadian wood. As a result, Americans have turned to the European market, accentuating the shortage here", laments François De Meersman, secretary general of Confédération Bois.
For this material, prices remain high, but are falling
even in this month of July. "The situation seems to have improved at USA in recent weeks. We could therefore return to a slightly more normal situation, in terms of both prices and availability". And what about the rest? "For insulating materials, an 11% increase has already been announced for September. Steel prices are also likely to remain high, and may even rise again slightly into next year. So it varies from product to product, and is very uncertain", replies André De Groote.
Journal Le Soir : Cecile danjou 06 08 2021
situation in the wood sector is complicated. Raw material prices are skyrocketing and delivery times are getting longer. 80% of Belgian companies active in the wood sector are affected by a shortage. A situation mainly caused by one of Donald Trump's last decisions when he was still President of the United States.
meet a contractor in Jodoigne at a house under construction. The concrete blocks have already been bricked up, but the entire upper part of the house is missing. " We're on hold and the", explains Raphaël Bertrand. explains Raphaël Bertrand. site is at a standstill because of this. As long as we don't have the materials, we can't go ahead We have to redo the estimate, so we have to explain this to the customer.
works are not only at a standstill, but delays continue to lengthen. The timber frame that was to be installed on the concrete blocks is two months behind schedule. " The estimate we had drawn up, givenThen, once that the cost of wood has risen, we have to redo the estimate. So we have to explain this to the customer so that he understands the situation. ". says they've accepted the price change, we continue the manager of a joinery specializing in eco-construction.
nous, since last year, the timber industry has been struggling to keep up with the explosion in demand . As a result, prices are rising sharply. " Here's an example: the price of OSB (panels made from wood chips bonded under pressure with resin) has risen more or less". confides Raphaël Bertrand. times four, i.e. 400%
Prices have doubled at a timber merchant in Namur
visit a wood distributor in Namur. Fir, oak, OSB, wool from wood or multiplex: prices are going up all the time. We meet a customer who is taking advantage of the vacations to spruce up his terrace. " We know it's gone up. We know that it's getting more and morewhat's there", says Pierre-Antoine. complicated, and there you have it, not all the dimensions are there, but we adapt and we make do with
Donald Trump's decision + rising demand = shortage and high prices
of the main explanations for this rise in prices is to be found on the side of the United States. A tax decided at the end of Donald Trump's mandate hit Canadian lumber. As a result, Americans are sourcing from Europe, in the midst of a health crisis where demand was picking up strongly. " Mainly Scandinavian countries. They paid veryAs a result, high prices, so the market became very high. What's more, demand also increased at . prices", explains Stéphane Scaillet, manager of the have doubled wood store we visited.
Let's take the case of disaster victims. Now that they have to rebuild, they have little choice but to pay today's prices.
shortage has come at a very bad time for some individuals. The recent floods have not helped matters. " I'm worried aboutmoment". says Stéphane Scaillet. the middle class, who are going to find it hard to afford this kind of thing. Take the case of the flood victims. They have little choice but to pay today's prices, and today's prices are very high at the
Belgium, four out of five companies are affected by this shortage of materials. Two-thirds are experiencing delays of two weeks, and one-third are experiencing delays of at least one month. Source: RTL Mathieu Langer, Denis Caudron, published August 08, 2021 at 2:53 pm