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Ford cuts truck production as chip shortage continue

Ford Motor said Wednesday it will again reduce U.S. truck production because of the continued ongoing semiconductor chip crisis.

The automaker said it will cut two of three shifts at its Dearborn Truck Plant next week, while its Kansas City Assembly Plant F-150 production will be down. The automaker’s Kentucky Truck Plant will operate on two shifts the weeks of September 6 and 13 rather than three.

The chip shortage, which has hit automakers worldwide, emerges from a confluence of factors as automakers, which closed plants for two months during the coronavirus pandemic last year, rival against the sprawling consumer electronics industry for chip supplies. A factory fire suffered by Japanese chipmaker Renesas this year is also cited as a reason behind the chip shortage.

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