The Oakville Ford Meeting Plant is shutting down manufacturing for 3 weeks starting on Might 31.
The worldwide semiconductor chip scarcity will idle a number of Ford crops, together with Oakville’s which shall be right down to June 21.
This isn’t the primary time the Oakville plant has needed to hit the brakes on manufacturing this yr due to the microchip scarcity.
“Ford’s North American crops proceed to be affected by the worldwide semiconductor scarcity, simply as different automakers and industries around the globe,” Unifor Native 707 President Mark Sciberras mentioned in a letter to union members.
“Because of this continued half scarcity, the Ford Motor Firm introduced momentary layoffs at a number of manufacturing amenities.”
The Oakville facility is simply one of many crops being shutdown as a result of microchip scarcity. Each the Windsor Essex Engine and the Windsor Annex crops will quickly shut for the week of Might 31.
Shutdown notices additionally went out to crops in Dearborn, Kansas Metropolis, Flat Rock, Michigan, Ohio and Louisville. All shall be idled utterly or partially by means of the weeks of Might 31 and June 7.
Louisville will placed on the brakes by means of the week of June 28, whereas Ohio can also be placing manufacturing into park for the week of June 14.
The microchip scarcity stems from quite a lot of elements, together with the auto trade competing towards the electronics trade for a restricted provide in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With extra folks at dwelling, demand for digital merchandise similar to laptops and gaming consoles has vastly elevated.
One other issue within the straining of provides included automakers promoting extra autos than anticipated.
The availability of chips can also be anticipated to tighten because the pandemic continues.