Kadri Paas, Romet Kreek 

The construction companies claim that the capacities of precast concrete manufacturers are so low that the completion of construction objects will be delayed. 

The head manager of RAMM Ehitus Mr Priit Raud says that one of their biggest unfinished buildings is Arco Vara Kodulahe real estate development close to Stroomi beach. It is a large building with 125 apartments. Therefore, ordering all the necessary details for this meant a lot of hassle. “The truth is that we had to order some of the details, stairs, from a Latvian manufacturer. The remaining elements will be supplied by E-Betoonelement, however, again within seven months. This means that the assembly has to wait for the supply of elements. We could install quicker, but we haven’t got anything to install,” says Raud.

RAMM has another large apartment building under construction in Mardi street in Tallinn. This site was in a better position in terms of concrete elements as the construction commenced already during last year when we had no problems with receiving the “pieces” from E-Betoonelement. "This problem has occurred over the last six months that the Estonian precast concrete manufacturers cannot anymore supply their products in a few months’ time," says Raud with concern.

The head manager of E-Betoonelement Mr Vaido Leosk is commenting the article in Ärileht where construction companies blame the concrete manufacturers in slow and prolonged delivery time that the builders have been clearly too hard on the precast concrete manufacturers.

“It’s not true that all the production is exported. In the concrete elements market, exports have been crucial since the crisis of 2008. The demand in Estonian market has not been sufficient and therefore, the precast concrete manufacturers have been constantly looking for export channels.

Mardi street 4, 6 apartment buildings, completed in 2013. Photo: E-Betoonelement

The demand on the main export markets in Sweden and Finland is high and thus the average delivery times have become longer. “We suggest the construction companies to plan for the following year more in advance and involve the elements suppliers' expertise in the design stage.

This way, the need for the product won’t be a surprise for the elements manufacturer and the construction company can be reassured that the elements will be delivered in good time, “advises the head manager.

It does not, of course, come as a surprise to the need for the elements and the builder will have an earlier assurance about the delivery dates of the elements, "the head of the company gives advice.

The export share accounts for about one third of the total production of the E-Betoonelement. "Our main market, however, is a client of Estonia and Estonia," Leosk adds.

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