Ford’s Oakville Assembly Plant will be reducing production of its Ford Edge crossover.
The automobile company made the announcement that eight of its assembly plants will shutdown once again due to the global shortage of semiconductor microchips.
The Oakville plant, which also produces the Lincoln Navigator, will halt production of the Edge for three weeks, beginning July 19.
The shutdown will also impact several suppliers, including three Windsor firms that supply parts for the Ford Edge’s chassis.
Other plants that will be idled or running on reduced shifts include the Essex Engine plant, Annex Plant, Dearborn, Kansas City, Kentucky truck plants and the Mustang assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich.
The microchip shortage stems from a variety of factors, including the auto industry competing against the electronics industry for a limited supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With more people at home, demand for electronic products such as laptops and gaming consoles has greatly increased.
Another factor in the straining of supplies included automakers selling more vehicles than expected.