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Ford is temporarily laying off thousands of workers and cutting shifts at the F-150's Dearborn and Kansas City plants because of the global Microchip shortage.


Ford Hit Hard by Global Microchip Shortage

We first reported on a global microchip shortage last month that's wreaking havoc on auto manufacturing everywhere, and now it's hit Ford in a big way. The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford is temporarily laying off thousands of workers, cutting shifts at the Dearborn and Kansas City plants that build the new F-150, and at the Chicago plant that builds the Explorer, Police Interceptor, and Lincoln Aviator. Ford also had to shut down its Louisville, Kentucky plant recently, temporarily halting production of the Escape and Lincoln Corsair. Shutdowns at semiconductor plants as a result of COVID-19 have created bottlenecks in microchip production. The Free Press reports that automakers are in competition with not just other automakers, but tech companies for these components as well. It's unclear when the shortage will end.
 
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