Ford will idle its Kentucky plant this week amid semiconductor scarcity
Ford will idle its plant in Kentucky for per week because the automotive trade grapples with a scarcity of semiconductors, ABC Information reported The automaker’s meeting plant in Louisville produces the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair SUVs, and employs about 3,900 hourly employees, in line with CNBC. Ford mentioned will take a deliberate one-week plant shutdown that had been scheduled for later within the yr and transfer it to this week as an alternative.
Ford joins Nissan, which says it is going to cut back manufacturing at one in every of its vegetation in Japan, which makes the Be aware, a automobile not offered within the US. A Nissan spokesperson mentioned the semiconductor scarcity has not affected the corporate’s US manufacturing
Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, and Toyota even have reported issues with semiconductor provide chains, with Fiat Chrysler quickly shuttering factories in Canada and Mexico. Volkswagen mentioned in December it had modified some manufacturing of its autos at vegetation in North America, Europe and China.
Automobiles are utilizing extra semiconductors than they’ve previously for options like infotainment, driver help, and Bluetooth connections, and in latest months, the demand for autos has outstripped the provision. Factories that make semiconductors needed to shut down in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, which additionally contributed to a delay in manufacturing of private computer systems, and affected manufacturing of Apple’s iPhone 12.
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