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Eight Ford Assembly Plants Sidelined This Week Due To Chip Shortage

For over a year now, the semiconductor chip shortage has severely impacted automotive production, forcing automakers to idle plants numerous times. That includes Ford, which has battled this complex issue for months now, with no real end in sight. Ford CEO Jim Farley recently stated that he believes the chip shortage will endure into 2023, while White House officials expect it to last for at least six more months. In the meantime, a number of Ford assembly plants have temporarily closed in recent months. Now, a grand total of eight Ford assembly plants will be down this week, according to Reuters.

As Ford Authority reported last week, that list includes the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant – which builds the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator – as well as the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant – which builds the Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger. Additionally, the automaker will idle the Ford Cuautitlan Assembly Plant in Mexico this week. Meanwhile, the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant will cease Ford F-150 production and run one shift for the Ford Transit.

The Ford Dearborn Truck Plant, Ford Kentucky Truck Plant, and Ford Louisville Assembly Plant will run either a single shift or reduced schedule starting today, while overtime will be eliminated at the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant in Canada. All of these cuts are being directly blamed on the chip shortage, though Ford did note that it expects production to “improve significantly” in the second half of 2022.

To date, the shortage has cost automakers hundreds of billions in lost revenue and has sent new and used vehicle prices soaring to new record highs with each passing month. Ford has been impacted tremendously by this supply chain crisis as well and was previously projected to lose roughly 700,000 units of production last year alone. The chip shortage has also changed the way that Ford will do business moving forward as the automaker moves toward more of a build-to-order model with limited configurations available on dealer lots.

We’ll have more on the chip shortage soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. J. Brittan

    Ordered my King Ranch October 8 , 2021 with a production date listed on window sticker as week of February 4. Looks like I’m in limbo until??? Nobody at Ford customer service can tell me when and if my truck is going to be built. VERY DISAPPOINTING.

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  2. NCEcoBoost

    Good. Hope it continues. Maybe Ford and other manufacturers will finally throw some of their newly, shadily, acquired, billions at chip manufacturers to move vehicle chips up the priority list over things like smartphones and TVs. Should have done that a year ago (or more). Oh, but then they wouldn’t have those billions…

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  3. JR

    Any news on 2023 super duty when it will be available?

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  4. Joseph B Bainbridge

    Placed my order for a Maverick Hybrid back in the middle of August was told January would be my receive date, I didn’t believe it I was think March maybe April, now I’m not so sure. I saw a Hybrid come in to another dealer almost exact to my order, I called to see if it was available, the text I received said yes it’s available but we are charging 10K over the sticker. So along with my anger after been a Ford guy for most of my life, I was beyond furious that they could do this legally but apparently Chapman Ford in Horsham is allowed to gouge their customers. Needless to say I wouldn’t buy a little red wagon from the thief and I’ll wait on my fully loaded one to arrive, just hope I’m still alive when it arrives

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  5. Peter Esbjerg

    Ordered my Ford Ranger XLT in October 2021 and I was at my dealer today April 11, 2022. Still no word on delivery date. Probably going to cancel my order and buy a Nissan or Toyota. If I knew when it was coming, I would probably wait.

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