A world semiconductor scarcity and a February winter storm have mixed to drive Ford to construct F-150 pickup vans with out some computer systems
DETROIT — A world semiconductor scarcity and a February winter storm have mixed to drive Ford to construct F-150 pickup vans with out some computer systems.
The corporate says the pickups might be held at factories for “plenty of weeks,” then shipped to sellers as soon as computer systems can be found and high quality checks are performed.
The transfer is the most recent ripple from the worldwide semiconductor scarcity, which earlier this week compelled Honda and Toyota to announce manufacturing cuts at some North American factories. Basic Motors additionally has been compelled to construct pickups with out some computer systems and set up them later.
Ford additionally mentioned it should construct the Edge SUV with out computer systems and ship them later, and it’ll cancel some shifts Thursday and Friday at an meeting plant in Louisville, Kentucky, the place the Ford Escape SUV is made.
Automakers have mentioned they do not count on the chip scarcity to get any higher earlier than the third quarter of the 12 months. Ford has mentioned the scarcity may reduce its pretax earnings by $1 billion to $2.5 billion, even when it makes up for among the misplaced manufacturing within the second half of the 12 months.
Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler (now Stellantis) and Nissan additionally say they’ve been affected by the scarcity and compelled to delay manufacturing of some fashions with a view to hold different factories operating.
Trade officers say semiconductor corporations diverted manufacturing to client electronics throughout the worst of the COVID-19 slowdown in auto gross sales final spring. International automakers had been compelled to shut crops to stop the unfold of the virus. When automakers recovered, there weren’t sufficient chips as demand for private electronics boomed.
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