Ford’s production continues to take a major hit as a result of the semiconductor chip shortage, which has forced the automaker to idle most of its plants multiple times over the last few months. Earlier today, Ford Authority reported that 2021 Ford F-150 production will pause for one week at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant, but that won’t be the only Blue Oval model/plant facing idle time in the coming weeks. According to Automotive News, Ford Fiesta production at the Ford Cologne Assembly Plant in Germany will also pause for five days.
“Due to a production stoppage at a semiconductor manufacturer, Ford Fiesta production at our Cologne plant will be suspended from August 23rd to August 28th,” a Ford spokesperson told Automotive News. “We are working as quickly as possible to resume production.”
The manufacturer the spokesperson is referring to is the same Malaysia-based company cited as the reason for the F-150 production stoppage, which has experienced problems stemming from the recent resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those issues have subsequently led to problems with deliveries to a door module supplier.
Fiesta production at the Cologne plant was already down from early May to mid-June as a result of the chip shortage, though work was most recently idled during the plant’s month-long summer shutdown. Workers just returned to the plant on Monday to resume production of the Fiesta. Ford Focus production at Cologne is not affected by this shortage.
Construction at the Cologne Assembly Plant is also underway as Ford works to transform it into the Cologne Electrification Center for the manufacture of electric vehicles following a $1 billion dollar investment as the automaker works towards its goal of going all-electric in Europe by 2030.