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Scottish webinar addresses supply chain crisis

24 Aug The Scottish Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) is making an industry-wide appeal to manufacturers to support the building sector’s recovery.

The keynote speaker is Ivan McKee
The keynote speaker is Ivan McKee

It is working with the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland to hold a virtual event outlining the opportunities for manufacturers to help ease the supply chain crisis.

All the main construction players and manufacturing organisations have an open invitation to the event, Scottish Manufacturing – the Opportunity for Construction, which will be held on 31st August from 10am to 11.15am. The keynote speaker will be the Scottish government minister for business, trade, tourism and enterprise, Ivan McKee.

CLF said that the online gathering will be of vital importance at a time when the construction industry is facing a global materials shortage as countries race to make up ground lost in 2020.

Delegates will hear from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish government about the scope and scale of the opportunities available to manufacturers to fill current supply chain gaps, create new markets and bolster long-term raw material security by promoting home-grown materials and products.

Peter Reekie, chief executive of the Scottish Futures Trust and chair of the executive group of the CLF, said: “There is no doubt that the construction industry in Scotland is facing a challenging situation with continuing supply chain interruption and we believe that the country’s manufacturing and resource capability must hold an important part of the solution.

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 “We want to use this event to map the supply chain landscape and articulate the opportunities for manufacturers in terms of new technologies which they can adopt in their businesses to increase their capacity, attractiveness and competitiveness.

“Great strides have already been made in off-site manufacturing techniques which increase speed and efficiency of construction and successful demonstrator projects are showing terrific potential for the use of home-grown timber.”

One example of that is a project led by CSIC, with a number of other partners, which has secured funding from Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund to prove the business case for using Scottish timber to create the structural elements of buildings.

The demonstrator project at CSIC’s innovation factory in Hamilton could ultimately 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.

The CLF, a collaboration established in March 2019 between Construction Scotland and the Scottish Government, has also unveiled a programme designed to help the sector redirect itself away from dependence on imports as part of its Recovery Plan.

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