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Ford Chicago Assembly Plant To Shut For 1 Week Amid Chip Shortage

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The ongoing microchip shortage has come for another Ford plant. Previously, Ford Authority reported on the idling of the Ford Saarlouis Assembly plant and the temporary production pause at the Ford Louisville Assembly plant. Now, FoMoCo has been forced to suspend most output at the Ford Chicago Assembly plant for one week, resulting in two shifts being temporarily cut.

Unlike the other two Ford plants being temporarily shuttered, operations at the Ford Chicago Assembly plant will continue, albeit at a severely diminished capacity. This week, the plant is switching to a single shift before reverting back to its usual three shift schedule the following week. However, the temporary pause in two shifts could be extended if Ford is unable to secure a steady supply of microchips.

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Approximately 5,800 workers are employed at the Ford Chicago Assembly plant, where the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator are produced. This latest disruption is another blow to The Blue Oval, as it now has two crossovers impacted by the shortage in a market that is clamoring for them. Typically, the Ford Explorer is positioned at or near the top of the three-row crossover segment in the U.S., so any production disruption has the potential to severely impact The Blue Oval’s earnings.

Unfortunately, life at the Ford Chicago Assembly plant may not return to normal after this week, as the chip shortage is projected to last well into 2021. Automakers cancelled orders for microchips last year as the pandemic began to spread, anticipating a drop in demand. But China’s quick recovery, paired with continued new vehicle demand regions like the U.S., caught them off guard. Like Ford, Daimler, Honda, Nissan, Stellantis, Subaru, and Volkswagen, are among the automakers that have also been forced to idle some of their assembly plants or make downward adjustments to production.

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Currently, microchip manufacturers are operating at capacity to meet the needs of the automotive industry with increased output. They too, however, are in a bind, as they are also responsible for providing the electronic parts to cell phone manufacturers, who themselves are trying to keep up with demand.

We’ll continue to report the latest about Ford’s production activities, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford-related COVID-19 news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

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Written by Edward Snitkoff

Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. I would like to know where are the manufacturing plants? Most likely world wide which is good but what would happen in a national emergency worse than we are at now?

  2. Ford should take advantage of the situation ……………

    Move the assy. to a non union state ! That plant is a true cluster. The workers there have a sense of entitlement not seen elsewhere. They have no pride in how they put the Explorers and its siblings together. I speak from sad experience. Both personally and on the job in law enforcement.

  3. Hopefully with the new administration Ford will wise up and have the manufacturing of these chips made in this country.
    Everyone outside of the “bubble” knows where most of these chips are made but don’t think one moment about the security risk of them being made there tracking all of our movements and where we go. And please, don’t label me as a “conspiracy theorist” or racist.
    As they say “knowledge is power” and China is a big black hole gathering where we go, when we go and how we get there.

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