Ford pauses production in Europe again on chips shortage

Automotive Industry

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-05-03

Ford is pausing production at nearly all its car plants in Europe for several weeks due to a shortage of microchips.

"We had already planned short-time work for several plants due to the semiconductor situation. Since the situation is not easing, we have now decided to schedule longer production breaks," a Ford Spokesman told Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe.

The Fiesta plant in Cologne, Germany, will stop producing vehicles until early July except for one week at the end of June, the Spokesman said.

Short-time working will take place at the Cologne plant from 3 May to 18 June and from 30 June to 9 July. The plant vacations will start immediately afterwards, so production will not start again until 16 August.

Factories in Saarlouis, Germany (Focus), Valencia, Spain (Mondeo, S-Max, Galaxy) and Kocaeli, Turkey (Transit, Transit Custom) are also affected.

The Saarlouis plant will have short-time working from 3 May to 18 May and from 25 May to 7 June. The plant vacation in Saarlouis is scheduled for 26 July to 23 August, 2021.

"The situation on the global semiconductor market remains tense and, according to all estimates, will continue to be so in the coming months, resulting in supply bottlenecks," Ford said. 

The company said it planned to make up for lost production "as best we can" and would prioritise vehicles already ordered by customers.

The stoppages are especially disheartening because the company is seeing a noticeable increase in incoming orders, the Spokesman said.

Ford had already reduced production in April at some European plants because of a lack of semiconductors.

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