Yup - various lockdowns, social distancing, and isolating staff have had a large impact on production of raw materials. Has made a lot of companies invest in more automation.Yeah covid is a huge part of this - everyone stuck at home working on the house.
You can't get a painter, plumber, gardener, anything. Been trying to get the exterior painted for the last 12 months. Contacted literally dozens of painters, all saying there's no point even coming out because it would be 2022 before they could do it.
Cost of raw materials has gone through the roof too. Wood, bricks, MDF, you name it. Global supply & demand.