Current Industry Challenges

A Note From GM Andrew Wilson.


I write today to highlight some of the challenges & difficulties we have faced in recent months, which may have impacted on you, our trusted & loyal customer.

When the COVID crisis began, we like many businesses anticipated some dire consequences for our industry. The government chose to support & protect the building industry predominantly through the housing stimulus. Short term this has proved a resounding success with the industry running hot. Whilst the extension should ease some pressure, it will not resolve everything.

But it has provided its own set of challenges, along with ongoing issues caused by COVID, some of which are as follows.

Supply chain is under huge pressure right across the industry.

The impacts of these shortages become more evident as each week unfolds. Price increases are coming thick & fast, often with little notice. Freight & shipping issues which affects imported product, steel increases that flows through to a wide range of product are just two of the major influences.

Manufacturer Lead Times

In addition to actual stock shortages, a wide range of manufacturers lead times are blowing out. This is typically no fault of their own, rather a combination of a sudden, rapid increase in demand, sometimes coupled with staff shortages. Recent examples without naming product or manufacturer are a historical 1 day turnaround, now being 4; or 3 days now being 2 weeks.

Staff recruitment remains a challenge

The end of Job Keeper has not immediately resulted in a spike in applications.

Johns Building Supplies remains resolute in its efforts to maintain our renowned customer service.

I ask that you assist us in this task by providing the following wherever possible.

          · Provide us as much advance notice of your building supply needs as possible.

          · Plan for delays across some product lines & factor in manufacturer price increases.

I thank the JBS staff who have already shown increased effort in these challenging times, and assure you we will do our best to convey advice of any delays & price increases.

“Our door is always open”…feel free to ask any questions in terms of the above communication.

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to provide you with the best service you can find in the industry.

Kind regards,

Andrew Wilson

General Manager – Johns Building Supplies


New JBS Products List

Johns Building Supplies always strives to offer a complete
package at competitive rates, and over the years we have
been asked to source many items not shown, and more
often than not we have satisfied these requests. If you
require any materials not shown, please don’t hesitate
to ask.

Maxibrick & Longreach Bricks Now Available at JBS!

We now have in stock Maxibrick and Longreach bricks from Midland Brick. A range of Brick Lintels as well as other Bricks and Lintels are also available upon request, talk to one of our sales specialists for further information.

EasyTex™Modern Render look Made Easy – New to JBS!

EasyTex™ is a pre-primed fibre cement panel embedded with a fine texture to deliver a modern render design aesthetic. Each panel features a v-groove, ship lap joint along the two vertical edges. EasyTex panel is easy to install, resistant to cracking and lime staining, and comes ready to paint.

ExoTec™ Vero™ Façade Panel and System – New to JBS!

The ExoTec™ Vero™ panel combines the natural beauty of ‘concrete look’ cladding with the highly-trusted, fully-certified ExoTec™ façade system, ensuring immediate compliance and guaranteed performance. Structurally stable and suitable for non-combustible construction, ExoTec™ Vero™ features a fine sanded texture and warm grey tones in a pre-finished, lightweight solution. Each panel is factory-sealed using James Hardie’s superior CoreShield™ sealer technology, providing long-term durability and water resistance.

Rethink Façade Design with RAB Board – New to JBS!

Introducing RAB Board, the rigid weather defence barrier by James Hardie. Designed as a high-performance weather barrier, RAB Board is a fibre-cement sheathing installed behind external cladding or rainscreens to improve the durability, performance and comfort of the building.