Ford will idle its Kentucky plant for a week as the automotive industry struggles with a shortage of semiconductors. ABC News reports that the Louisville car assembly plant produces Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair SUVs and employs about 3,900 workers per hour, according to CNBC. Ford said it would take a planned one-week shutdown of the plant, which is scheduled for later in the year, and move it this week.
Ford joins Nissan, which says it will cut production at one of its plants in Japan, making the Note a car not sold in the United States. A Nissan spokesman said the shortage of semiconductors had not affected the company̵
Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota have also reported problems with semiconductor supply chains, with Fiat Chrysler temporarily closing factories in Canada and Mexico. In December, Volkswagen said it had changed some production of its cars in plants in North America, Europe and China.
Vehicles use more semiconductors than in the past for features such as infotainment, driver assistance and Bluetooth connections, and demand for vehicles has outpaced supply in recent months. Semiconductor factories had to be shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, which also slowed personal computer production and affected Apple’s iPhone 12 production.