Ford – like every other automaker on the planet – has been facing production challenges for over a year now stemming from all sorts of supply constraints, chiefly, the semiconductor chip shortage. Over that time, FoMoCo has idled its assembly plants numerous times, slashing production of even its most popular and profitable vehicles. Now, 2022 Ford F-150 production at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant is the latest to be affected by this ongoing problem, according to a letter sent by the United Autoworkers Union (UAW) to employees at the plant.
Production of the 2022 Ford F-150 will pause at the Kansas City Assembly Plant next week, from Monday, February 28th through Sunday, March 6th. Production will resume on Monday, March 7th. The letter doesn’t state a reason for this downtime, but it’s most likely related to the same sort of supply constraints that have plagued FoMoCo for months now.
Most recently, supply chain issues have forced The Blue Oval to pause Ford Mustang production at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant for three weeks, as well as Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator production at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant plus Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger production at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant for one week. Earlier this month, a whopping eight different Ford assembly plants were idled across the span of a week as well.
Guesses on how much longer the chip shortage might last vary greatly depending on whom one asks, as it has proven to be an extremely complex and difficult problem to overcome. Ford CEO Jim Farley recently stated that he expects the problem to endure into 2023, while a recent government report indicated that it will last for at least six more months and possibly longer. Meanwhile, the chip shortage has already seemingly affected the way Ford will do business moving forward as it looks to trim inventory and move toward a more profitable build-to-order model.