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DETROIT – Ford Motor on Wednesday confirmed another round of production cuts due to the ongoing shortage of semiconductor chips, saying it will impact early production of its highly anticipated Bronco SUV.
The automaker said it will extend downtime at several plants and add two weeks of downtime at its Michigan assembly plant starting May 17. The plant is currently producing the Ford Ranger mid-range pickup truck and early models of the newly launched Bronco, which should go into full production this summer.
According to a company spokeswoman, the downtime will not affect Ford’s plan to deliver the vehicles to dealerships this summer. Ford previously delayed the Bronco’s spring launch due to coronavirus-related issues in its supply chain.
In addition to the Michigan convention, Ford said it added downtime at three other plants in Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri during that two-week period. They produce a variety of vehicles that range from the automaker’s Super Duty pickups to the Ford Mustang.
The additional downtime comes a week after Ford CEO Jim Farley warned investors that the company is expected to lose about 50% of its planned production in the second quarter, up from 17% in the first quarter.
Ford now expects the chip shortage issues will save about $ 2.5 billion in 2021, the high end of its previous forecast for the year.
Semiconductors are key components in automotive engineering and are used, among other things, in infotainment, power steering and braking systems.
With multiple factories closed last year due to Covid, suppliers turned semiconductors away from automakers and into other industries, creating a shortage after consumer demand fell more than expected. The parts can contain different sizes and types of chips.
Here’s a look at the latest Ford shutdown announcements:
- The Chicago Assembly Plant, the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, the Kansas City F-150 Assembly Plant, and the Michigan transit lines and assembly plant will be out of service for the weeks May 17th through May 24th.
- The Ohio assembly plant will continue to produce only super-duty chassis cabs and medium-duty trucks for the week of May 17th and will be out of service for the week of May 24th.
- The assembly plant in Kansas City, Missouri, where the Ford Transit is built, will only operate one shift from May 31 to June 7 to complete the initial construction work for the E-Transit.
- The Hermosillo assembly plant in Mexico will be out of service for the week of May 10th.
- Additionally, the Kentucky Truck Plant will be out of operation for the weeks June 7-14 to make changes to the facility in preparation for the upcoming launch of the next generation Super Duty.