Greetings and a very warm welcome to our May 2021 edition of Hamptons Happenings…
In this issue we:
Hamptons ITM have always had an extremely strong association and relationship with New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB), and for many years have hosted the regional NZCB Apprentice Challenge.
Hamptons recently hosted the NZCB apprentice challenge, which saw the brightest and best apprentices compete for the respect of their building trade colleagues, the pride of their parents, and of course a well-deserved prize!
The challenge of the day was to build a sturdy BBQ table from the plans and materials provided. With seven competitors – five from Christchurch representing Canterbury and two from Timaru and Ashburton representing Mid & South Canterbury, the challenge was well met.
It proved to be a long day for the apprentices. The event started at 7.30am and the final coffee-fuelled competitors finished at 6pm. However, the quality of their work never suffered, and all the finished projects were completed to a very high standard.
Facing the scrutiny of a panel of industry judges and several local politicians, including Gerry Brownlee (who in a past life, was an apprentice carpenter and builder), the eventual winner was Daniel Michael of Taylormade Builders Limited. Pushing Daniel all the way were the second and third place getters, Jackson Hall of Hillview Construction and Ollie Knight of Galletly Builders.
All the competitors were an absolute credit to themselves and to their respective employers. The staff at Hamptons appreciated the opportunity to play a small part in the competitors apprenticeship journey and enjoyed meeting them all and seeing their skills in action.
If this latest crop of apprentices are an indication of the calibre of the people entering the building industry, then the sectors future is certainly in some very capable hands…
ITM’s 30th Birthday Sale
On the 19th of May Hamptons will be hosting the ITM 30th birthday Sale from 7:30am onwards… Join us for breakfast and make the most of the incredible specials on offer.
If you manage to spend $500 or more on products from the ITM Big 30th Birthday catalogue, you’ll have the opportunity to score yourself a limited edition, Rugby Jersey. Get in quick as numbers are strictly limited.
Click here to access the ITM Big 30th Birthday catalogue.
Hamptons ITM are proud to be a key supplier of Plytech Green.
Plytech Birch Elite, Birch Décor, Polaris HPL and Futura HPL panel ranges are available with the new green glue technology. Plytech Green uses a bio-based renewable lignin as a substitute for the traditional fossil-based glue systems.
Lignin is found in the cell walls of almost all dry-land plants and is a by-product of the paper kraft-pulping process. It is the natural glue in plants that helps to hold plant fibres together.
Lignin makes up almost one quarter of the dry mass of every tree, which makes it an abundant resource. The Lignin used in Plytech green panels is produced from sustainably sourced certified plantations.
As one of the earliest adopters globally, Plytech believes they can provide customers with a competitive advantage at a time when environmental and sustainability issues continue to be increasingly important.
In these highly uncertain and unpredictable times… it is incredibly hard to tell what the future holds. Unfortunately, despite some very rigorous and vigorous polishing, our Hamptons crystal ball hasn’t been able to come up with too many answers in terms of what is ahead or even around the corner…
However, as we all know… due to Covid-19, NZ and the world was literally shut down for many weeks and in some cases months. This then led to a significant shortfall in terms of production as many building and construction related manufacturers around the world literally shut down. Add to this, the fact that our borders were closed, and significant delays continue to plague normal shipping and air freight channels. This has led to huge variability when it comes to the availability and supply of many items required for the building supply sector. Most trade suppliers in NZ have a good number of items on backorder. Even with our own forestry industry right on our doorstep – timber supplies are under pressure.
Supply to our sector will remain weak for the foreseeable future
Here at Hamptons, we’re very fortunate to have been around since 1957 and we have numerous longstanding and very close relationships with our suppliers. We’re keeping in touch with them on a day by day, week by week basis.
At the same time, demand for building materials has virtually never been stronger. The European building sector, after some lengthy lockdowns is rebounding very strongly in 2021. In the US and Canada, demand in the building sector is extremely high. In January 2021, the median house price in the US went up 14%, in Canada it went up 17%.
The US Homebuyer Demand Index in January / February 2021 went up 40% vs. the same period in 2020. In both Australia and NZ, the residential building market is cracking along at a blistering pace – in NZ consents are at their highest level in 40 years! This is driven off the back of super-charged stimulus provided by the government, low interest rates, low unemployment and a positive economic outlook.
Demand in our sector is currently very strong
All of the above is putting significant pressure on prices and here Hamptons we’re seeing our suppliers routinely notifying us of price rises – some of these increases are significant and will create downstream issues for building and construction firms offering fixed prices to customers.
As we’ve said in the last few issues of Hamptons Happenings – we are in uncharted territory and it has never been more important for us to keep close. Planning ahead has never been more important and all of our account managers and support staff have been briefed to help customers to look 2 – 3 + months ahead in terms what projects are coming up and what they may need in terms of products and building supplies. In the past, people have been able to get away with thinking 2 – 3 weeks or in some cases 2 – 3 days ahead…
Hamptons want to be able to assist in the very best way possible and if you’d like to organise a Planning and Supply Session (PASS) with one of our team, please don’t hesitate to contact your account manager or give us a call on 03 374 3333 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, on behalf of Hamptons ITM, we’d like to sincerely congratulate Daniel Michael of Taylormade Builders Limited on taking out the NZCB Apprentice Challenge for our region.
Take care out there…
David & Wendy, Don, Carolyn and the rest of the team at Hamptons ITM