Ever since the semiconductor chip shortage took hold of the automotive industry months ago, Ford vehicle production has been impacted more than any other North American automaker. The Blue Oval has been forced to slash hundreds of thousands of units from its production schedule, temporarily close plants, and store countless vehicles on lots as they await chips. As Ford Authority reported back in May, Ford doesn’t expect to deliver any sort of meaningful inventory to dealers until August, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that more closures are on tap for July.
“The global semiconductor chip shortage continues to affect global automakers and other industries in all parts of the world,” Ford said in a statement. “While we continue to manufacture new vehicles, we’re prioritizing completing our customers’ vehicles that were assembled without certain parts due to the industry-wide semiconductor chip shortage. This is in line with our commitment to get our customers their vehicles as soon as possible and consistent with our forecasted supply.”
Ford vehicle production will once again take a major hit in July as the automaker plans to idle a number of its plants over the next few weeks, according to Automotive News. That list starts with the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, which will be down the weeks of July 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, with a two shift schedule planned for the week of August 2nd.
Next up is the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant, which will run a two shift schedule for the weeks of July 12th, 19th, and 26th. The Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant will be down the weeks of July 12th and 19th on the Ford F-150 side, and down the week of July 19th on the Ford Transit side. The Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant will be also down the weeks of July 12th and 19th.
The Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant will be running one of two shifts the weeks of July 12th and 19th, while the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant will be down the week of July 12th and on a two shift schedule the weeks of July 19th, 26th, and August 2nd. The Ford Louisville Assembly Plant will operate on a reduced schedule the week of July 19th.
The Ford Oakville Assembly Plant will only build the Lincoln Nautilus the weeks of July 19th, 26th, and August 2nd. Finally, the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant will be down weeks of July 5th and 26th, but that closure is due to an unrelated parts shortage that’s not chip-related.