Ford – like all automakers – has faced its fair share of supply chain issues over the past two-plus years as inventory remains low, even though some improvements are expected in the coming months. Those problems are quite evident, as a large number of Ford F-Series trucks and Blue Oval SUVs are sitting around awaiting parts, virtually every 2023 Ford Maverick option is supply constrained, V8 engine production is facing challenges, new product launches are being delayed, and it’s all having a negative impact on the automaker’s sales, too. However, while we’d like to think that there’s a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, Ford CEO Jim Farley isn’t quite as optimistic, as he recently revealed in an interview with Yahoo Finance.
“I have stopped forecasting,” Jim Farley said in regards to when he believes these issues might end. “I mean, bottom line is we think it’s going to happen continuing in the foreseeable future. I think we’re very good at dealing with these now. We’re gotten better and better, more efficient in helping our suppliers find labor, whatever it takes. It does feel like Whac-A-Mole, but we’re getting better at doing that.”
“And I guess I think we should kind of count on this happening for some time. I don’t think the labor market’s going to ease any time soon. It has a big impact on us, so we’re kind of running our business now and have developed a bit of a rhythm around this challenges that we’re seeing. And I think it’s going to extend way into next year. Does it end at next year or year after or halfway through? I don’t know. I don’t think we should count on any of that.”
What began as the semiconductor chip shortage has seemingly expanded into a variety of areas, as suppliers continue to have a hard time hiring enough workers to meet demand. Farley pointed to this issue, in particular, as to why suppliers aren’t able to ship much-needed parts. Combined with various other supply chain issues, this is clearly a complex problem with no easy solution, hence Farley’s bearish take on the situation.
We’ll have more on current supply chain constraints soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for ongoing Ford news coverage.
Obviously he’s a Democrat. Doesn’t want to push to build things here so FORD gets what it deserves.
What nonsense are you talking?
The vast majority of fords investments are in the USA.
Then why is he sticking his thumb up his butt essentially saying that they can’t build the products? If these parts were sourced here, this would hardly be an issue.
More bias amplified nonsense.
While some production limitations are undoubtedly due to offshore production, you read here just within the past week that deliveries on certain F-series were being held due to shortages of even the Ford logo grille jewelry; a part produced in SE Michigan.
Producing every part in the US wouldn’t guarantee delivery but it would guarantee higher costs as there would undoubtedly be duplications in the supply chain requiring more CAPEX and higher operating costs.
For the responder below, it probably is worth noting that the unreliable toxic polluting badge supplier, is owned by a hedge fund these last few troublesome years.
So basically what your saying is the progressive liberals are running this country in to the ground like they are the rest of them. Got it 👍
If a contractor/tradesmen is buying a standard work version of the F150, why would he care or have need for some silly badges? Not at all excusing this but is it the end of the world if your truck doesn’t have a useless badge or logo when it may be perfectly useable otherwise?
We used to build a lot of things here….. then better, faster and cheaper beat us at our own game. US manufacturing is in decline and it’s a homemade problem. At least Farley talks about it. If FORD did not have him at the helm, we might not have FORD at all.
I don’t know Mike. I think he is going to eventually bankrupt it. Too much emphasis on EV production trying to make a name for himself.
LoL he’s already got a name, he already had it at Toyota before he came to Ford.
If he hadn’t come to Ford he’d be running Toyota USA by now.
You sound like a miserable human being.
Among other dumb and ridiculous comments, the one you made about Ford vehicles not needing the blue oval logo is laugh-out-loud stuff. I mean, you have no idea what you’re talking about.
I imagine you have a lot of “thoughts” on the “stolen” election, too. Enjoy your cult.
Hey FORD can’t get their things together so don’t get mad at me. Obviously your a Democrat given those talking points. Did I say it was good that they can’t get the proper badge and related items? If the trucks are in drivable condition, then why not sell them without? Better than just sitting in a parking lot somewhere.
I don’t consider myself a miserable human being. You must be if you can’t bring yourself to be open to other builders to fill your vehicle needs instead of a FORD cult member.
UPS usually removes or omits the badging on their trucks. Guess what, they work just fine.
I owned two Ford F150 Raptor’s a 2018 and a 2020 and neither had a blue oval. If a company as large as Ford cannot make their own emblems then maybe they should reevaluate their business model.
Please show me an OEM which makes their own emblems.
Seems like you know zilch about business models too.
Is is on FORD if they can’t chose competent suppliers. One of my lawnmowers has a BRIGGS @ STRATTON engine. The place where the logo belongs is missing. Guess what it works perfectly anyway. If people who buy an F150 don’t know it was built by FORD then they really have a problem.
Easy to spot a liberal. Always resort to slander because of very low IQ. That limitation makes proper research unattainable. To say the election wasn’t stolen proves excessive ignorance and lazyness. Enjoy your communist agenda.
Yes FORD management seems to embrace the Biden administration don’t they?
I have to call BS on Mr. Farley. Ford has done much worse that its competitors with the supply chain, which is reflected in Ford’s 55% stock price drop since January. Every article I read about automotive supply chains highlights Ford as the poster child of bad things. At first, I thought Ford may have been intentionally throttling production to boost profits, but they are taking so much heat over this subject and have lost half their market cap, so I’m now inclined to believe it is incompetence and/or really bad execution.
“I was wrong about my conspiracy-fueled wild guess, so please believe in my new wild guess evaluation of this complex topic.”
With the exception of the F-150 nearly every part on a Ford is made in Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, China, Japan, Germany etc. I’ve worked as a salesman for Ford over 20 years and laugh when I see the window sticker and where 99% are made elsewhere including Final assembly in Canada for the F-150. What makes Ford a US Company is a portion of the profits stay in the USA
You left out they have a US mailing address.
Personally they need to dump Farley. He has caused a disaster within Ford with his Green New Deal acceptance. He has ignored his on going quality issues, made token moves on his supply chain problems, and upset his chain of dealerships as well as his customers.
On my new 2021 F150 Lariat I have has three recalls and several quality issue mainly with the electronics. I am waiting now for a new module to fix yet another issue, but Farley is focused on get help from the tax payers to help with his miscue electric car business.
As I said, time for him to go before he kills the whole company. He is the AOC of the auto industry!
AOC? Ok Tucker.
Tucker??? Farley is fixated on his electric dream and becoming a Rock Star instead of dealing with the numerous problems at hand. Sounds like AOC to me!
Unfortunately the Tucker met its demise in relatively short order.
Getting rid of cars are a mistake. Young man or woman gets out of high school and goes to college or not, but need a car. The Focus was affordable with the Fusion an option with money down most times parents come through with 3k. Our President wants everyone to buy an electric car? They start at 45k. Let’s talk gas suv. A young man or woman in their teens to late 20s want to drive a baby carriage with gas lol? Can’t afford insurance for a muscle car or the price of the car. A base Mustang starts in the mid 30s, that’s a 600.00 payment plus 300 a month for insurance. So they end up spending 900 per month on a job paying enough for a Focus. The Toyota Corolla and Honda CIVIC are now the only game in town for our just graduating youngsters. Now that Toyota Honda and here comes Kia and Nissan know it. They jacked up the cheap cars into the suv price point. They defeated the American car industry by our own stupidity. My friends daughter is 17 and asked for an suv and thought she was pregnant and needed a mommy car. My son wants a Mach-E or Tesla. Anyone that voted for Biden want to donate 50 to 75k for my sons”green” first ride. Bring back the Focus, Fusion even Taurus. Leave the suvs and Electric vehicles for the families with kids and enough real green (money) to afford the baby mobile.
I couldn’t afford a new car when I was 19 so I had my grandparents 1972 AMC MATADOR beginning in 1984 when they bought a new car. It wasn’t pretty and quite rusted. But it got me to work and back for a couple years until I was able to buy a much nicer newer car. Young people these days want every thing now don’t realize that often the good things in life take a little longer.
Usually if Plan A does not work, you go to Plan B. If Plan B does not work, you go to Plan C etc. Looks like Ford is accepting defeat instead of getting creative to find a way to get the job done. Stockholders should be furious and demand change. You can accomplish anything “if you only had a brain….”
Solutions not excuses…..
That’s the problem with this country lately. Businesses are being conditioned not to succeed so we have limited freedom of choice. Soon we all will be told what we are allowed buy and will have to pay penalties if we buy something of our own thinking/desire.
Conditioned to fail?
Pray tell, how are the conditioners doing this?
Is it via 5G cell towers or vaccine delivered microchips?
Freedom of choice has always come with limitations, and there has always been inflexible Luddite like individuals who were disappointed as the winds of style and technologies shifted away from what that individual was rigidly habituated to.
To the ignorant casual observer, the man in the arena listing external factors that have to be dealt with may sound like acceptance or excuses.
Update: I just realized I’m an idiot fanboy for making a comment like that! Just cheerleading for Ford. I was at the low end of my class when I failed out of grade school.
I have been waiting for years, to get the Ford I wanted, and it is still not available, and won’t be for years. So time to move on to another manufacturer, that has what I want.
Exactly Michael. There’s a heck of a lot of freedom when you take a generic approach and not worry about being stuck on one builder.
These so called Excecutives are getting paid millions to do their job. They are simply not doing it well. You cant be reactive to problems you have to be proactive. They have had over 2 years to deal with this problem and have not solved the problem at all. Its gotton worse. It is incompetence. They blame everything on someone or something else. Thats the new attitude of America. Pretty sad.
You’re absolutely right gosh darn it, we even got to the moon in two years!*
*That is after gung-ho scheduling and launch fever precipitated a redesign after 3 astronauts were roasted alive in their suits.
I also have been waiting to buy a new Ford and it looks like it will never be made. Time to switch to another brand. Ford also seams to have raised prices higher than most.
If you don’t like traditional Ford/Lincoln, or what they have made, what the hell are you doing responding to this blog. LEAVE NOW!!!!!! And if you agree with AOC and her ilk the move to China or Russia you will be much happier and because they are making America a slave nation that manufacturers NOTHING so the rest of this F’ing world has NO competition !!!!!!!! In a world where NO success in anything is what wins !!!!!!!! Enjoy living in you communal cave.
Please stop yelling at clouds, it’s disturbing your neighbors. Even by Jersey standards it’s bad.
If you can’t find suppliers to meet the needs of your customers Mr. Farley, then maybe you should take a lesson from Henry Ford and do some vertical integration!
Ford nearly went broke due to excessive vertical integration of non core commodities.
Henry’s model only worked then because there were not multiple supplier organizations with better know how and processes at that time.
It’s been a good 60+ years since that was highly profitable and 30-40 years since fully viable.
Farley’s taking his lesson from Steve Jobs. That’s one reason why electric motors and batteries will be built in Ford plants. But you probably missed that.
1. Who’s feeding the people who can’t be bothered to show up for work?
2. Where’s the WW2-level commitment to get the job done, in Govt as well as Industry?
Virtually every time this man opens his mouth Ford stock takes a hit.
You do realize he’s legally obligated to reveal these things. If he held these things back to long or materially misrepresented them he would be sued by the SEC.
his only hope is a full blown recession, that way the supply chain problems will catch up with the draw down in demand
i always thought CEO’s were hired because of their leadership and ability to navigate their companies to profitable growth. not seeing any of that here, just excuses of why it ain’t his fault, the value of your company only rolls to the top on the hill. react to adversity not find excuses to fail, take responsibility and find a solution to this mess or step down so someone who can, this guy must have had something to bring to the table for the board to appoint him or does he just do the talk, yak yak yak with no action.
Let me guess?? Supply will be low unless it’s an electric vehicle??? Shocker
5 months now waiting on a tranny part, and even an executive assistant can’t help me. No tracking system. Truck is undrivable. Nice. Wtf am I supposed to do?
Then people have blind loyalty to FORD? They get what they deserve when they build crap and stonewall and jerk around people that spend hard earned money on their products. FORD seems to be able to spend money to partner with musicians and sports figures. What good does that do for people like you who can’t use their vehicles?
Gosh, I still remember GM’s Bob Seger Like A Rock ad campaign. And wasn’t it Eminem who was advertising for Chrysler? Don’t bring up Ford’s Cosby ad campaign tho.
For many years, CHRYSLER used Ricardo Montalban to pitch their products. Now whether that did any good who knows. I personally don’t see the appeal of someone singing to me about a vehicle. I can do without that noise.
Didn’t Mercury use Catherine Deneuve in ads/commercials? Now that was something. Too bad we don’t see more of this. Lincoln could use some glamour to hide the fact it’s a fancy Ford.
I forgot about that. But then again MERCEDES and LEXUS don’t seem to need entertainers to sell their products. Ricardo Montalban was likely an easy choice for CHRYSLER since he was a CHRYSLER enthusiast all of his life.
Ahhh Catherine. I used to love the commercial when she would “Meow” at the end. OMG, can’t get away with those kinds of commercials today. You offend pretty girls. I guess they can get Honey Boo Boo and Mama June types to model instead….LOL Oh wait, Lincoln sales are already down, why have sales go down even more.
Yes, Lincoln could use some “Glam” big time.
Go to a junk yard get a tranny out of a older car and make a tranny adapter.
It won’t be compatible with the harness and codes will light up the instrument panel like Christmas and even if it were drivable it wouldn’t be registerable on the left coast or any of its hammer & sickle groupies.
Rebuild a tranny. Arg don’t be a part replacer.