Oakville Ford Plant to shut down due to semiconducter shortage
The Oakville Ford Assembly Plant will be hitting the brakes on production for three weeks.
The U.S. based automaker announced they will be shutting down operations at its Oakville Plant for three weeks beginning on April 12 due to a semiconducter shortage.
Six other U.S. plants will also cease operations due to the global chip shortage, including Ford’s Dearborn truck plant in Michigan for the weeks of April 5 and April 12 and the Louisville, Ky. plant the weeks of April 12 and April 19.
Overtime shifts will also be cut at plants in Avon Lake, Ohio, Chicago, Dearborn and Kansas City.
The microchip shortage stems for 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.
Another factor in the straining of supplies included automakers selling more vehicles than expected.
The supply of chips is also expected to tighten as the pandemic continues.
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