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U.S. Senate Committee Asks Ford About Chinese Supply Chain

Over the past few years, Ford has made an effort to source the raw materials it uses to build vehicles more responsibly, particularly as more attention is placed on human rights violations happening in certain parts of the globe. Thus far, the automaker has implemented a new supplier code of conduct to address those concerns and helped launch the Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network to ensure that the materials are responsibly sourced. However, a recent study found that many materials utilized in EV batteries coming from China may be sourced using forced labor – something the United Auto Workers union has publicly denounced – and the Chinese supply chain, as a whole, remains a major concern among U.S. companies and officials. That’s precisely why the U.S. Senate Finance Committee recently asked Ford – as well as a handful of other automakers – to answer questions about their involvement with the Chinese supply chain, according to Reuters.

“It is vital that automakers scrutinize their relationships with all suppliers linked to Xinjiang,” said Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, referring to a U.S.-imposed ban on the import of forced-labor goods from that part of the country. For some time, government officials have pointed to abuses against Uyghur Muslim individuals that live there, though China officials have long denied that those people are being mistreated.

“Unless due diligence confirms that components are not linked to forced labor, automakers cannot and should not sell cars in the United States that include components mined or produced in Xinjiang,” the letter to automakers reads. It also asks if any of those companies canceled or curtailed the use of any supplier “because of its use of raw materials, mining, processing, or parts manufacturing linked to Xinjiang?”

This query comes on the heels of a new report released by Sheffield Hallam University in Britain, which found that many materials sourced from Xinjiang were obtained using forced labor. “Between raw materials mining/processing and auto parts manufacturing, we found that practically every part of the car would require heightened scrutiny to ensure that it was free of Uyghur forced labor,” the report said.

We’ll have more on the Chinese supply chain soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for ongoing Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Dave

    Yeah, way to go! Our crack US senators are worrying about how ford gets parts while throwing BILLIONS to corrupt Ukrainian government without even reading the bill!

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    1. Lukas

      Most of my family lives there and it is all about gas and oil. EU/USA played Indian takeback with Russia’s pipeline that runs through Ukraine before the war, and ticked Russia off. Russia is the core supplier of cheap energy to Europe. EU/USA needs Russia gone so they can replace with more expensive wind/solar. Recent wars are always about energy. Win “hearts and minds” and then you can pay yourself Billions with our tax money.

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      1. RWFA

        Doing business with Putin’s Russia is like being in bed with the devil. A similar dynamic exists with China.

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    2. RWFA

      Please document your corruption claim.

      Reply
  2. blksn8k

    How about our so called “leaders” worry more about keeping jobs here than crap they have zero control over?

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    1. RWFA

      Thanks to our current leaders actually dealing with reality they have done this.

      You really need to get better quality of information input because as they say in data processing, feed garbage in get garbage out.

      You might also revisit your software code assumptions because something’s whacked there too.

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  3. RandallK

    The current Senate is literally in bed with China, this is all for show. My Motorcraft brake rotors I bought this year were ‘Made in China’…I never thought I’d see that no wonder Ford quality is in the toilet and their EVs are suffering.

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    1. RWFA

      How are Ford EVs suffering?

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      1. John

        Their pride and joy, the Mach E, was dropped by Consumer Reports due to severe quality issues. Their total number of EVs sold is very low compared to ICE vehicles. Farley said himself that ICE truck sales are the only thing keeping Ford afloat.

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        1. Travis

          The Hummer EV completely bricked itself in the middle of the road when the TFL channel tested it. EV reliability is a joke.

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          1. RWFA

            One anecdotal example and the world must be ever thus?

            How does a hummer even bear upon products produced by ford. Please get real.

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        2. RWFA

          Big deal.

          It’s Ford’s first shot at a home grown BEV; teething problems happen and are corrected. This is how manufacturing works.

          I’m a long time CR sub but as for cars, its recommendations are skewed by backwards looking data, and reflect problems often corrected and non existent by the time of publication.

          The recommendations are useful for due diligence and confirming the issues are no longer relevant. But tbh, CR car recommendations are best used by people with time machines.

          As for 1G BEV’s, if OEM’s had waited until every unknown was a known and every bug didn’t exist, they would soon be out of business because the car biz has always been like this.

          Innovation, change and, gasp, even improvement always introduce problems which are then fixed.

          Sprechen Sie PDCA Kollege?

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        3. RWFA

          I want to address terifically stupid but carefully crated narrative I see being sprinkled around here about the sales split between ICE and BEV.

          Obviously BEV are a fraction because they are a new technology being rolled out.

          The market is being developed.

          Ford itself only expected the early Lightning market to be around 70,000 vehicles. (It was a transitional design intended to have an offering to counter Rivian, Hummer and Tesla and protect the F-Series franchise instead of carelessly leaving this developing segment to be picked off by those 3 or others.)

          Now Ford sees the demand for Lightning warrants addition of a 3rd shift, to address up to 150k vehicles per year, this after increasing line capacity from the sub 100k level (or roughly doubling capacity.)

          Of course Farley said that, it’s too bad if you can’t understand why this might be the case and yet be no indictment of or a basis for BEV FUD.

          But I’ll leave that for you to ponder and try warm your brain with.

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