Impact of Precast Concrete Supply Chain During COVID-19 on Contractors
Precast concrete is becoming more popular in Malaysia and is utilised extensively in the building sector because the components are essential parts of the contemporary building sector. The construction industry has had to deal with significant supply chain disruptions and problems ever since the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported the outbreak of the coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19), particularly in adapting to the new demands. All construction projects were postponed until further notice by the government. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on various industries, including the precast concrete supply chain. However, the contractors need to know how to tackle the issues before it becomes worsen. This research aims to investigate the impact of the precast concrete supply chain during COVID-19 in Malaysian construction projects. Moreover, this research will focus on contractors who have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in the construction industry and will be conducted in Pulau Pinang area as this location have rapid growth of construction projects. Data for this research was collected through a questionnaire. There were 186 valid responses obtained from the questionnaire distribution to be analysed. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the survey data and analysed using Statistical Package for Social Science version 22 (SPSS) software. The results reveal that the building’s material late delivery issue, project delay, an increase in overall construction cost, reduce quality of the project and reduce client satisfaction on project performance are the impact of the precast concrete supply chain during COVID-19 on the contractors. These findings can raise awareness among the contractors on the impact of the precast concrete supply chain during COVID-19 in Malaysian construction projects.
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