In mid-April, I ordered a new window to replace the existing picture window in my living room that had been installed in the mid-1970s. At the time, the company I ordered from warned there was a backlog in window deliveries because of ... everything.
I assured the company I was well aware of the shortages of PVC material, shipping and the manpower needed to make and install the windows. The company gave me an estimate of "sometime in July" for delivery.
Considering the ongoing shortages, I'm wondering just how much further that delivery could be delayed.
Obviously, I'm not alone in waiting. Window profile extruder Veka has just declared a force majeure for its products for upcoming projects.
The European summer holiday season is adding to bottlenecks in production in Germany, Veka said in a letter to customers, according to PlastEurope.
"Orders can no longer be completely fulfilled within usual delivery times," PlastEurope wrote. "Thus, backlogs were being cleared rather slowly. The company asked its customers to increase their own buffer times and to submit new orders with as much lead time as possible."