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As the shortage of semiconductor processing chips continues to impact the automotive and tech industries, several major automakers have been forced to temporarily shut down their production lines.

The crisis has affected businesses for several months now. It stems from increased demand for personal computers, tablets and smartphones at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has largely diverted supply from the automotive sector.


The Turkish plant that builds the Ford Transit for the European market will be closed from April 19 to June 13, with the automaker planning a planned summer shutdown, according to Automotive News Europe.

The Focus production line in Saarlouis, Germany has been inactive since late February and is expected to remain closed for another 20 days, while shutdowns of varying duration will impact production Galaxy, Kuga, Mondeo, S-Max and Transit Connect until July 31.

The closures will also impact the Fiesta and Puma production lines in Germany and Romania respectively, although to a much lesser extent.

Having previously suspended production of its hugely popular F-150 pickup due to semiconductor shortages, Ford also made the decision to shut down operations at several factories across the United States for two weeks from May 3.

According to The Detroit News, the affected sites are responsible for producing the F-150, Transit, Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator for the United States, as well as the Mustang for global markets, including Europe and the United States. UK. It is unclear how visible the impact of Mustang’s restricted production will be in Europe.

The site quotes an internal Ford memo to employees of vice president of manufacturing John Savona: “Ford’s North American factories continue to be affected by the global semiconductor shortage, as do auto makers and manufacturers. other industries around the world.

“As you build all the vehicles you can for our dealers and customers, our behind-the-scenes teams are working hard to find additional parts.”

Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is suspending operations at two of its largest production facilities for at least a week due to a shortage of semiconductor chips.

The manufacturer’s factories in Castle Bromwich and Halewood in the UK will implement a “limited non-production period” from Monday. Operations could restart seven days later, depending on the state of the semiconductor supply.

Affected models include the Jaguar XE, XF and F-Type built at Castle Bromwich and the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque from Halewood.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-28 16:30:00