Cabling supplies unaffected by COVID-19 stockpiling

Wednesday, 11 March, 2020

Cabling supplies unaffected by COVID-19 stockpiling

Some electrical workers have struggled to source electrical cable due to stockpiling sparked by coronavirus fears.

NECA has been engaging manufacturers as a priority, and following discussions with the main cabling manufacturers, has stated that there is enough cable in Australia to meet local needs. It said there are currently no supply issues and there is sufficient inventory.

One major manufacturer did have a brief supply issue last month after its Chinese factory shut for longer than expected due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This has now been resolved and the manufacturer’s factory is operating at full capacity and is shipping to Australia one-third more product than usual.

Other manufacturers have had no issues, although there has been increased demand as contractors appear to be stockpiling product.

NECA is urging contractors to only purchase the products they need, to avoid inconveniencing other electrical contractors and having unnecessary stock on hand.

NECA has also spoken with local wholesalers and other electrical product manufacturers. All have reported having good inventories and stated that it is business as usual at this time.

Image credit: © Merzlyakova

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