Oakville Ford plant temporarily shut down due to computer chip shortage


Published May 10, 2022 at 4:55 pm

Oakville’s Ford Assembly Plant is going through some downtime once again due to a shortage of semiconductors.

The continued global shortage of semiconductor chips has resulted in the local automotive production facility shutting down production for this week.

The Oakville facility, which makes the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus, isn’t the only Ford plant in North America that has had to temporarily close shop this week. Ford Motor Co. announced that its Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky, which builds the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair, is also down this week.

“The global semiconductor shortage continues to affect Ford’s North American plants — along with automakers and other industries around the world,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said in a statement. “Behind the scenes, we have teams working on how to maximize production, with a continued commitment to building every high-demand vehicle for our customers with the quality they expect.”

The microchip shortage stems from a variety of factors, including the auto industry competing against the electronics industry for a limited supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With more people at home, demand for electronic products such as laptops and gaming consoles has greatly increased.

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