Manufacturers of metal products are forced to increase the prices of their range due to rising prices of steel and iron. People are also buying these more expensive products for fear of further price increases. This follows from the answers of the representatives of the addressed companies. Some expect the rise in prices to stop at the end of the year. According to building material sellers, the price of iron rose by as much as 150 percent compared to February. Other building materials, such as polystyrene, wood, mineral insulation, roof tiles or formwork boards, are also more expensive. There is also a shortage of them.
For example, in recent months, TBG Metrostav has perceived a fundamental shortage of basic raw materials for construction production. “Currently, there are problems with the lack of iron for the implementation of reinforced concrete structures, polystyrene, mineral insulation, roof tiles or formwork slabs. company executive Jakub Šimáček.
“Steel prices have risen enormously since the beginning of the year. We have seen an increase of up to 80 percent. This is due to the lack of steel in the world. Unfortunately, we are forced to reflect this development in our production prices,” said Jiří Brož, CEO of Vítkovice Cylinders. According to him, however, the company does not yet suffer from a lack of steel. “Deliveries are being maintained. But it’s at the cost of daily operations,” Brož added. The company produces, for example, seamless steel cylinders, pressure tanks, high-pressure accumulators or grinding balls.
The rise in metals was also recorded by the Teplice company TKX Engineering, which manufactures gate technology and barriers. It also offers windows, doors and walls made of aluminum profiles. It will respond to rising material prices by raising the price range. According to the owner of the company, Tomáš Kubeš, people will also buy more expensive products. They are afraid that prices could rise even more. “I think it will rise in price until the autumn, and I would say at the end of the year, just before the end of the year, it will stop. Because otherwise construction production would stop, and that would be a disaster,” Kubeš added.
The manufacturer of pool roofing, the company Alukov CZ, based in Orli in the Chrudim region, does not yet feel the shortage of metals. Aluminum profiles have a sufficient supply. However, the price of the material increased quite significantly. “It increased by about ten percent in half a year. It is an unusual, jump increase, which was not announced in advance,” said Zdeněk Kohák, the company’s marketing director. The price is partly passed on by the company to the prices of final products, even though customers do not like to see it. “Suppliers refuse to fix the price for a longer period of time, even though the company has long-term relationships with them,” Kohák added.
The owner of the Prague company M-servis, Vít Mátl, called iron prices “immoral”. “Compared to February this year, they have increased by 100 to 150 percent. Thermal insulation materials or wood are not lagging behind either,” Mátl said. His company specializes primarily in the supply of materials for valuable and protected buildings. “Of course, sometimes an order from the manufacturers is delayed, but in principle it does not endanger us,” he added.
Source: Tyden.cz by www.tyden.cz.
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