Plants in Germany, Spain and Romania are affected.
The shortage of semiconductors is forcing the US automaker Ford in Europe to extend short-time work. For the plants in Saarlouis (Germany), Valencia (Spain) and Craiova (Romania), short-time work had been agreed for additional days, a spokesman confirmed. The plant in Cologne, where the Fiesta rolls off the line, is affected for the first time.
In Saarlouis in Saarland, Germany, where the Focus is being built, short-time work has been in place since January due to the weak demand. Because of the lack of chips there are additional days. How many vehicles cannot be produced due to missing chips, Ford did not announce. The failures could not be calculated precisely because the scenario is constantly changing. “We're turning all the wheels to get parts from suppliers.” “Automobilwoche” was the first to report on it.