One aspect a project manager needs to be aware of are bank holidays that occur during construction works. Bank holidays have an effect on site production as well as lead times – especially during holidays like Christmas through to the New year. Also, some countrys like Italy ‘wind down’ during the summer which definately has a impact on lead times.
So, I surfed the web for a site that provided information on worldwide bank holidays. I found some sites provided a free service for local bank holidays, yet required a payment for global dates! To summarise, the best free website happened to be Wikipidea. Their site listed all countries in alphabetical order followed with bank holidays. So if you plan an overseas factory visit it may be worth checking bank holidays for the destinations as well as the impact on lead times.
Here’s the link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_holidays_by_country