Ford suspending three major assembly lines, including the Mustang Mach-E, over chip shortage

Ford is planning to suspend production at specific plants in Michigan, Illinois and Mexico due to a shortage of semiconductors.

The shutdown will affect the Mustang Mach-E, as well as the F-150 and Bronco production lines.

The shutdown at these plants will start next week, according to a report by AFP.

While these facilities will be shut down, others in Missouri, Michigan and Kentucky will slow down production.

Here in Canada, Ford is cancelling all overtime at their Oakville plant but the line will remain open.

Ford would be the first auto manufacturer in the US in 2022 to have to shut down assembly lines due to the semiconductor shortage.

Last year, Ford and Toyota, General Motors, Honda, and Nissan all shut down lines throughout the year due to the shortage.

The semiconductor chip shortage started in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

China shut down factories early, and when workers returned, customers were looking for consumer electronics rather than larger electronics.

Thus, producers moved to microchip manufacturing to keep up with demand.

However, that, in turn, have left appliance and vehicle manufacturers struggling to find chips in an already stressed supply chain.

At the same time, Chinese-based chip manufacturers are struggling to realign their manufacturing process to meet the various demands.

Ford did not confirm the reports. Nor did the sources say when the lines would resume normal operations.

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