Ford will idle its plant in Kentucky for every week because the automotive business grapples with a scarcity of semiconductors, ABC News reported The automaker’s meeting plant in Louisville produces the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair SUVs, and employs about 3,900 hourly employees, in line with CNBC. Ford mentioned will take a deliberate one-week plant shutdown that had been scheduled for later within the yr and transfer it to this week as an alternative.

Ford joins Nissan, which says it’s going to scale back manufacturing at one in all its vegetation in Japan, which makes the Observe, a automotive not offered within the US. A Nissan spokesperson mentioned the semiconductor scarcity has not affected the corporate’s US manufacturing

Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, and Toyota also have reported problems with semiconductor provide chains, with Fiat Chrysler quickly shuttering factories in Canada and Mexico. Volkswagen mentioned in December it had modified some manufacturing of its autos at vegetation in North America, Europe and China.

Automobiles are utilizing extra semiconductors than they’ve prior to now for options like infotainment, driver help, and Bluetooth connections, and in current months, the demand for autos has outstripped the availability. Factories that make semiconductors needed to shut down in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, which additionally contributed to a delay in production of non-public computer systems, and affected production of Apple’s iPhone 12.

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