Ford suspends production at eight plants due to chip shortage

Ford is halting production at its Chicago Assembly Plant, which builds the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs. Ford’s assembly plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico, which builds the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV, is also closed this week.

“The global semiconductor shortage continues to affect Ford’s North American factories, as well as automakers and other industries around the world,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said in an email. -mail.

Some productions are also stopped at other Ford plants, including Production of the Ford F-150 at the automaker’s Kansas City Assembly Plant. Production of Transit vans will continue there, however, with the plant operating on a single shift instead of the usual two. Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds F-150 pickups near the company’s Michigan headquarters, will also operate a single shift this week. The Dearborn plant normally operates in three shifts.

Ford’s F-Series line of trucks are the most popular vehicle of any type in America and a huge profit generator for Ford. The Mustang Mach-E, Ford’s first electric vehicle designed and sold solely as an electric vehicle, has also proven to be hugely popular, with sales impacting those of rival Tesla’s Model Y.
Ford last week reported earnings that were hit by computer chip shortages, disappointing Wall Street investors. Company executives said they expect better sales this year with lessened parts supply disruptions. In an interview last August, Ford CEO Jim Farley said Ford was putting systems in place to better understand and manage its computer chip supply to try to prevent future problems.

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