As the semiconductor chip shortage and other supply chain constraints continue to plague automotive production, Ford continues to idle its assembly plants on a regular basis, including 2022 Ford F-150 production at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant, which is down this week. Now, the latest victim of this ongoing crisis is the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant, which produces the Ford Super Duty, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator, according to The Detroit News.
Production at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant will be down to one shift this week as the chip shortage continues to present problems for the automaker, though it does expect conditions to improve over the coming months, particularly in the second half of 2022.
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.
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