The global chip shortage continues to wreak havoc on Ford’s production lines.
On Wednesday, Ford announced a new series of production cuts at key North American plants, including the F-150 and Transit production lines in Kansas City, Missouri. Chicago Assembly and Flat Rock Assembly will also face downtime with Kansas City during the weeks of April 19 and April 26. The automaker’s Louisville, Kentucky plant will also go offline later this month, during the weeks of April 26 and May 3.
As ever, the global semiconductor shortage is driving shutdowns across the industry, as automakers scramble to secure enough chip orders to complete its vehicles. The shortage stems from production issues during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, as well as exploding demands for electronics as people conduct work and look for entertainment at home. Semiconductors play a pivotal role in modern vehicles, from controlling engine parameters to running infotainment systems and other creature comforts.
Ford, for its part, intends to give an update on the financial impact of the chip shortage on April 28. Previously in March, the Blue Oval predicted it would lose between $1 billion and $2.5 billion in profits. Even though it resorted to favoring high-margin vehicles like the F-150 and even partially built some trucks as supply issues mounted, they now have to cut production altogether until enough chips make it to the affected plants.
While the company did not specify how much lost production the cuts would generate, industry analyst AutoForecast Solutions estimated Ford cut 408,000 vehicles from production due to the shortage, Automotive News reports. Wednesday’s actions alone may account for more than 91,300 units of total lost production. Just last week, as the company looks forward to chip supply stabilizing in the coming months, Ford announced it would cancel its summer shutdowns to make up for lost time.
Long story short: If you currently have a 2021 Ford F-150 on order, it may be at least a few weeks longer before your truck arrives.