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Chip Shortage Forces Ford to Build Trucks Without Computers

As the Globe faces a semiconductor chip shortage and places millions of automotive plants on hold, Ford has decided that they’ll have to proceed making their vehicles without the computer chip. Their F-150 pickup trucks will initially be built without the system then held at factories for an undisclosed number of weeks before its shipped to dealers once the system is complete. While inventory is already tight due to growing demand and losses in production, this setback will cause Ford to have to cancel shifts at some of its assembly plants including their Louisville, Kentucky plant, where the Ford Escape SUV is made. Ford has said the shortage could cut its pretax earnings by $1 billion to $2.5 billion, even if things in the second half of the year turn around. | Read more

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