Report - Ford Vehicle Production Threatened By Potential Microchip Shortage

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Yup not to get too political but if every little tiny Bronco part was made in the U.S. it would probably be over $50k. I honestly don’t know how they even keep the price as low as it is with all the overhead and R&D they had to do.
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Also not trying to ruffle any feathers bc I’m not sure if I’m taking it or not- but with the COVID-19 Vaccine coming out, I doubt more than 50% of us Americans will take it until we get some kind of concrete knowledge on the side effects. With that being said, I’m sure MAP or any of the other companies contributing to building Bronco will face AT LEAST one shut down during production. Time to mentally prepare ourselves.
 

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That “report” is too vague to be taken seriously.
“Microchip?” That could mean anything from a processor to a FLASH memory to a CANBUS controller to an LED driver. There are probably several hundred ICs in a modern vehicle. Most of them are multi-source, and a huge company like Ford would have entire departments working on making sure that all their sub-assemblies are available.
I’m not saying that something like the 12” LCD couldn’t be delayed, but I’d be surprised if something like the PCM was affected.
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This is why relying on foreign supply chains is a huge mistake (for any country). If we were a country that supplied all of our own needs (outside of things we do not have the capability to make/produce), we wouldn't be in this predicament. It is completely different when the country you reside in doesn't have the capability of providing a specific natural resource/product, but when we do have the ability to be self-sufficient, we should be. If 2020 should have taught us anything, it should have been that we need to centralize our production of vital resources and have a stockpile of them. Man I'm on a roll today with my rants.
Sounds good, looks good on paper, but it would end up making our vehicles and many other products very expensive. That and we do not actually have some of the rare earth materials needed for some of the current technologies (and magnets). I get what you’re saying though, I had no clue we didn’t produce our own medical supplies. Seems dangerous.
 

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In my second life I worked for a huge company. They always has 2-3 manufacturers for the same item just in case one had production problems. I figured Ford, or any other large corporation would do the same if possible. However, my company never had to deal with the black plague sweeping the world.
 

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So Ford would ship the trucks without tops to the dealer? Obviously this is an educated guess on your part. Your input is learning me something. :alien:
 

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Ford Authority - Ford Vehicle Production Threatened By Potential Microchip Shortage

by Edward Snitkoff
December 14, 2020, 5:42 pm

Each vehicle produced by Ford Motor Company contains thousands of individual parts, with most of those components supplied by outside companies. Additionally, modern vehicles feature a plethora of electronic equipment that cannot operate without computer chips and semiconductors. This reality may soon stymie Ford vehicle production, as early warnings out of China suggest that COVID-19 impacted computer chip production more severely than previously thought. The news comes fresh off the heels of other pandemic related disruptions for Ford, most notably as it relates to the 2021 Ford Bronco.

According to the report, several major automakers recently indicated that the entire industry could be facing a global shortage of microchips. Volkswagen, together with German suppliers Bosch and Continental, forecast significant production bottlenecks in 2021. The warnings don’t specifically suggest a disruption in Ford vehicle production, but the company does produce vehicles in China for the local market which is where the shortage is currently making itself known.

There are several reasons why microchip supply may not meet demand. The pandemic initially crashed the Chinese auto market, and prominent chipmakers assumed production of goods wouldn’t fully return to normal levels for quite some time. But the market rebounded far more quickly than the companies anticipated, and because it takes time for the chipmakers to increase output, they haven’t been able to increase production enough meet the renewed demand.

The Blue Oval said it is working with suppliers to make sure Ford vehicle production isn’t affected by the disruption. However, the situation may eventually impact the company given the level of globalization in today’s auto industry.

As Ford Authority reported last week, Ford vehicle production in North America decreased 28 percent during the first 10 months of 2020, compared to the prior year. A two-month shutdown, which took place between the first and second quarters, severely impacted the company’s output. But Ford’s COVID-19-related woes didn’t stop there. It delayed the launch of the 2021 Ford Bronco because suppliers cannot currently build the vehicle’s removable tops.

https://fordauthority.com/2020/12/f...n-threatened-by-potential-microchip-shortage/
We need to start manufacturing more, here in the U.S. The dependancy on Chinese trade needs to be reduced.
 

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