As the semiconductor chip shortage continues to hamper automotive production around the globe, Ford continues to idle plants on a monthly basis. This includes even the automaker’s most popular model – the Ford F-150. As Ford Authority previously reported, 2021 Ford F-150 production at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant was idle last week and this week, while production at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant has been trimmed down a bit as well. Now, both Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty production will be scaled back in the month of September as well, the automaker has announced.
Ford Super Duty production will be down to two crews the weeks of September 6th and 13th at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant. Meanwhile, F-150 production at the Kansas City plant will be down the week of September 6th, while production at the Dearborn plant will be limited to one shift that same week. These cuts are the latest of many made by the automaker this year as the chip shortage rages on.
“The global semiconductor shortage continues to affect Ford’s North American plants – along with automakers and other industries around the world,” Ford said in a letter to its plant employees. “We appreciate your continued commitment to building every high-demand vehicle you can for our customers with the quality they expect. Behind the scenes, we have teams working on how to maximize production. Our teams are making the most of our available semiconductor allocation, finding unique solutions to provide as many high-quality vehicles as possible to our dealers and customers.”
As Ford Authority reported earlier today, a number of factors have impacted the global chip supply, including automakers’ decision to cancel chip orders early in the COVID-19 pandemic – inventory that was subsequently picked up by consumer electronics companies. With long lead times and tremendous demand, the shortage isn’t likely to end any time soon.
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