Ford halts Focus car plant for full month due to chip shortage

The plant is Ford’s lone manufacturing facility for the Focus and employs about 5,000 workers.The semiconductor shortage springs from the lockdowns an
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Ford has raised prices for two of its performance-car models in the UK, citing tariffs stemming from the Brexit trade deal. (AFP)
Ford has raised prices for two of its performance-car models in the UK, citing tariffs stemming from the Brexit trade deal.

Ford Motor Co. is halting production of its most popular car model in Europe for a full month because of the shortage of semiconductors disrupting the world’s biggest automakers.

The automaker’s Focus factory in Saarlouis, Germany, will idle from Jan. 18 through Feb. 19, according to a spokesman, who said lower consumer demand also is playing a factor. The plant is Ford’s lone manufacturing facility for the Focus and employs about 5,000 workers.

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The facility is the latest to fall victim to a supply issue that’s disrupting carmakers around the globe. Ford already was forced to idle a sport utility vehicle plant in Kentucky this week, joining Volkswagen AG, Daimler AG, Toyota Motor Corp. and others in scaling back output because of the bottleneck of chips that play a function in everything from brakes to windshield wipers.

The semiconductor shortage springs from the lockdowns and travel restrictions that led housebound consumers to snap up more phones, game consoles, smart TVs and laptops. Chipmakers field more orders from those industries than the auto sector even in normal times and have been unable to balance that demand along with surprisingly brisk business for car manufacturers.

Semiconductor shortages may persist throughout the first half, researcher IHS Markit predicted late last month. Automakers will start to see supply gradually improve in the next two to three months, China’s Passenger Car Association said this week.

First Published Date: 17 Jan 2021, 10:06 AM IST
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