Ford produced full-size F150 trucks at both plants last month after cutting production of other vehicles. Like other automakers, Ford says it prefers chips for its maximum margin vehicles
Ford Motor Company announced on Thursday that it will deactivate its flagship, high-profit F150 pickup trucks, non-component Edge SUVs in North America and two assembly plants due to global semiconductor chip shortages.
U.S. Automaker, chip shortage, Central U.S. Combined with the lack of area affected by the winter storm, it stimulates the production of vehicles and keeps them “for weeks” until they are finished and exported. A spokesman said the number of vehicles affected was in the thousands.
Ford said it would suspend production at its plants in Louisville, Kentucky and Cologne, Germany. Expenditure on these activities is expected to affect profits of $ 1 billion to $ 2.5 billion this year.
This deficit has affected vehicle manufacturers around the world from a combination of factors. Carmakers who canceled chip orders closed factories for two months during the COVID-19 epidemic last year. At the same time, the demand for chips from the consumer electronics industry has increased as people work from home and play video games. Now car manufacturers have to compete for chips.
Ford produced full-size F150 trucks at both plants last month after cutting production of other vehicles. Like other automakers, Ford says it prefers chips for its maximum margin vehicles.
General Motors said it would create light-duty full-size seats without a fuel management module. Fuel is a mile away from the economy. GM had previously said it would reduce the chip deficit to $ 2 billion from this year’s profit.
Ford claims that Ford trucks and SUVs are assembled without parts and that some electronic modules are inferior to chips. It did not identify suppliers in the affected areas, but a spokesman said parts needed for the F150 and EDG vehicles belonged to windshield wiper motors and infotainment systems.
Ford Escape cancelled two shifts late Friday at the assembly plant in Louisville, which manufactures Lincoln Corsair SUVs. Production is expected to resume in small shifts and throughout production the next day.
The plant was shut down on March 1-16 and March 22 in Cologne, where the Fiesta car was manufactured. The company did not say how much it lost through the move.