This week, Ford will temporarily halt manufacturing of the F-150 at one of its sites. According to a Reuters article, the Blue Oval is planning to cease manufacturing of its best-selling model due to a global chip shortage — a global issue that has already impacted several industries, including vehicle manufacture.
Following a drop in output in Michigan and Missouri assembly plants earlier in February, the production pause will be the second of the month.
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According to Reuters, the production halt will affect only the Kansas City assembly plant in Claycomo, Missouri. Ford said that production of the F-150 pickup truck will continue in Dearborn, Michigan.
However, the problem isn’t limited to automotive production. The United Auto Workers Local 249, which represents workers at the Claycomo facility, warned that the week-long shutdown will result in the temporary layoff of certain staff. Affected employees will not report to work until March 7, 2022, unless otherwise instructed.
Most of Ford’s best-selling vehicles, including the Bronco, were affected by production problems earlier this month. The Ranger, Explorer, Mustang Mach-E, and Lincoln Aviator were among the other Ford vehicles affected by the halt at the company’s sites in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, and Mexico.
The output of the F-150 and Transit in Michigan and Missouri has also been decreased, as previously stated. As a result of the worldwide chip problem, all of this has happened.
“The global semiconductor shortage continues to impact Ford’s North American factories, as well as automakers and other businesses throughout the world,” Ford stated in a statement to CNBC. “Behind the scenes, we have teams working on ways to increase production, with a sustained commitment to manufacturing every high-demand car with the quality our customers expect.”