Panic buying worsens industry-wide plaster shortage

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As plaster shortages continue to plague the construction industry, the BMF and the Construction Products Association have joined forces to support the sector

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) and the CPA are keeping a watching brief on plaster shortages, in a cross-industry collaboration to support the sector’s road to recovery.

As the joint leaders of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) product availability group, BMF and CPA evaluated the views of merchants, manufacturers, housebuilders and contractors to discuss the key issues.

Plaster shortages ‘continues to be challenging’

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “The latest information yesterday [11 June] shows that plaster continues to be challenging in terms of supply.

“Currently the biggest issue is significant replenishment demand in the network.

“We have also had reports of panic buying of plaster, which is also having an impact.

“However, production output is now performing ahead of plan, and it was reported by some in the group that issues with supply are easing.

“We are now taking steps to reassure the industry that, with manufacturing now in place to a high output, the situation is improving and will be resolved in the weeks ahead.

Peter Caplehorn, CEO of the CPA, added: “We all recognise it is absolutely vital that, as we take the road to recovery, the construction industry has the products it needs, and we’ll continue to use information and data-driven intelligence to act on issues as they arise.”

CLC’s product availability group

Set-up to monitor the building products supply chain to meet increasing demand in the re-opening period, the CLC’s product availability group includes the BMF’s five largest merchant members, along with five of the CPA’s largest manufacturing members.


  1. Well this is just a joke,been trying to source plaster same as every other company.
    5 bag rule at every merchants,what a joke.
    When deliverys at merchants arrive ,why don’t they sell it to plasterers only to survive.
    Instead of everyone ,and every trade.
    To be honest hope there is a firm in uk that can manufacture a plaster in the UK that will compete with British gypsum and soon

    • im a plasterer i think workers in builders merchants are buying the plaster then putting it on line for about 300 per cent can someone have 28 bags over then sell it online

  2. The factories are making it now so where is it being sold. I’m a small builder ready to plaster a large house, I suspect the supplies are going to the big builders. I can’t get any anywhere.


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