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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co will temporarily suspend production on Friday at its Hermosillo plant in Mexico's Sonora state due to a shortage of materials, the plant's labor union said on Thursday.

Workers will be paid 75% of salaries on Friday, the union added.

Ford had also suspended production from Oct. 11-12 at its Hermosillo plant, where it makes its Bronco Sport SUV and Maverick compact pickup.

The union did not specify which materials were in short supply, but other automakers have been struggling with a chip shortage as manufacturers shifted production toward parts needed for laptop computers, cellphones and video games during the pandemic.

Ford did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Earlier this month, Ford said it would suspend production at its Flat Rock, Michigan, plant and at parts of its Kansas City, Missouri, plant.


Source is Ford to suspend production on Friday at Mexico plant on materials shortage (yahoo.com)
 

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The supply chain took a huge hit around the world over the last year 20 months. Mass production based on getting supplies when needed instead of incurring the costs of stockpiling supplies kind of crashed because of it. Mass manufacturing works great - until it doesn't.

It's not just motor vehicles. It's appliances (omg, the scarcity of appliances!) and wood and bicycles and Gatorade.

So far, it doesn't appear to include chocolate. I'm thankful for that.

They'll figure it out. Eventually. The plant in Mexico won't be closed for weeks. It's not that bad (yet).
 

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First of all - ford has specifically said repeatedly that the "chip " shortage will not affect mavericks. So - are they lying? or ?

second of all , the biggest issue with chip availability for auto manufactures are they are using chips with 1990s technology. They are very dependable and durable - but the chip manufactures don't want to make em - the production slots are being filled with more modern chips - which have a much higher profit margin for the manufacturers. so they can gear up and turn out mountains of cheap old chips, or they can use the same time and commodities to produce chips that they can make alot more money per chip - so it's a pissing contest between automakers shouting we buy hundreds of millions of these things, and the manufacturers saying - upgrade and reengineer your technology to current standards and we can make you chips
 

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First of all - ford has specifically said repeatedly that the "chip " shortage will not affect mavericks. So - are they lying? or ?

second of all , the biggest issue with chip availability for auto manufactures are they are using chips with 1990s technology. They are very dependable and durable - but the chip manufactures don't want to make em - the production slots are being filled with more modern chips - which have a much higher profit margin for the manufacturers. so they can gear up and turn out mountains of cheap old chips, or they can use the same time and commodities to produce chips that they can make alot more money per chip - so it's a pissing contest between automakers shouting we buy hundreds of millions of these things, and the manufacturers saying - upgrade and reengineer your technology to current standards and we can make you chips
Why are we assuming this is about chips? Just in time manufacturing means it could be any little or big thing that stops the assembly process. A front grill panel that wasn't delivered 2 days ago. The curtain airbag assembly that should have come in today, but won't be off loaded until Monday. Who knows? Single source parts manufacturing and just in time delivery have slammed supply chains.

Could be the chips; could be hundreds of other necessary parts that go in a truck; could even be a part for a machine that's needed to build the trucks. 🤷‍♂️
 

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Mass production based on getting supplies when needed instead of incurring the costs of stockpiling supplies kind of crashed because of it. Mass manufacturing works great - until it doesn't.
JIT as we have interpreted it has never really worked, over time most JIT plants have moved toward vertical integration reducing the number of external suppliers, even mainland Toyota isn’t actually JIT and runs a hybrid, that is why they were in full production long after Ford and GM shutdown.

The old way of running shop was virtually immune to supply disruptions and with interest at zero percent costs virtually nothing to “stockpile” though most plants never did “stockpile” except when the supply base timing could not be improved
 
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