An worker works on a Ford Motor Co. Tremendous Obligation Truck engine on the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 30, 2016.
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Ford Motor is as soon as once more reducing manufacturing of extremely worthwhile vans and SUVs as a consequence of an ongoing world scarcity of semiconductor chips that has wreaked havoc on the automotive trade for greater than a 12 months.
Ford on Thursday confirmed manufacturing downtime subsequent week for Ford Tremendous Obligation pickups and Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs at a plant in Kentucky and medium-duty vans and chassis cabs at a plant in Ohio.
The Detroit automaker has suffered one of many greatest impacts from the elements scarcity, which has brought about sporadic plant shutdowns throughout the trade.
The truth that Ford is reducing pickup and SUV manufacturing reveals automakers proceed to battle with the issue regardless of many within the trade anticipating a gradual enchancment within the provide of chips in 2022.
The chip scarcity dates to early 2020, when Covid brought about rolling shutdowns of auto meeting crops. Because the services closed, chip suppliers diverted the elements to different sectors akin to client electronics, which weren’t anticipated to be as damage by stay-at-home orders.
Automakers are coping with the chip scarcity along with different provide chain constraints and rising impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that could further strain supplies.
The manufacturing cuts additionally come after Ford unveiled plans to separate its electrical car and legacy auto companies into two items, in a bid to streamline and increase its EV output.