Ford – like every other automaker on the planet – has faced its fair share of supply chain issues over the past two-plus years, including the semiconductor chip shortage. This has led to many production disruptions and kept inventory at low levels over that same time span, making it quite difficult to obtain a new vehicle, whether that be from a dealer or via a retail order. Ford CEO Jim Farley expects the chip shortage to begin to ease next year, but now, the automaker has yet another issue on its hands, as Ford V8 engine production is being disrupted by supply chain issues as well, according to the Windsor Star.
The problems are affecting both of the automaker’s Windsor, Canada-based facilities – the Essex Engine plant, which builds the Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote engine, and the Windsor Engine plant, which makes the Ford 7.3L V8 Godzilla powerplant. This means that production of the Ford F-150, Ford Mustang, Ford Super Duty, and Ford E-Series models that utilize these Ford V8 engines will be further disrupted as well.
This latest issue is being blamed on part supply issues unrelated to the chip shortage. The Essex plant was idle through Thursday of last week, while the Windsor plant shut down last Thursday and was expected to restart production today. Regardless, workers were being asked to work both Friday and Sunday as each works to return to normal production.
“We have had down days or lost shifts, not entire weeks,” said Unifor Local 200 president John D’Agnolo. “They’ve been rotating the plants. These down days have nothing to do with microchips, though that problem will be ongoing for a while yet. The challenge now is it’s different parts across the board.”