Ford Motor Company – along with the rest of the automotive manufacturing world – has been slowed by supply chain-related production issues for some time now, with new ones popping up seemingly on a daily basis. This has prompted the automaker to temporarily suspend production at many of its plants over the past two-plus years when parts just aren’t readily available, as well as build incomplete vehicles that are awaiting those elusive parts. Now, this phenomenon is affecting the Ford Craiova Assembly plant in Romania as well, according to SeeNews.
A portion of the staff at the Ford Craiova Assembly plant will be placed into technical unemployment for one week, this time due to the semiconductor chip shortage. Only essential employees will continue to work their regular shifts during that time, while those affected by the temporary suspension of production will receive 78 percent of their salary. This isn’t the first time production at the Craiova Assembly plant has been paused over the past two years, either, as it’s been shut down numerous times over that span.
Back in March, Ford Otosan – a joint venture equally owned by Ford Motor Company and Koc Holding – announced that it intended to assume ownership of the Craiova plant, where the Puma EV and a pair of new Transit models will be built, pending regulatory approval. The European Commission (EC) later approved that acquisition, and this past July, Ford Otosan officially took over the Romanian facility.
In addition to this latest shutdown, FoMoCo has faced all sorts of supply issues in recent weeks, including a rather bizarre one – a lack of Blue Oval badges, which are produced by one of the automaker’s suppliers. Unfortunately, CEO Jim Farley recently stated that he doesn’t believe these problems will be rectified in the near future, either.