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Ford’s German Plants Face Lengthy Outages on Chip Shortage

  • Cologne factory to stop output for around six weeks from May 3
  • Saarlouis plant to be paused for much of May due to issue
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Explain This: Global Computer Chip Shortages

Ford Motor Co. will halt production at its German plants for several weeks due to a lack of semiconductors, the latest sign of the severity of the global chip shortage.

The automaker will stop production at its Cologne plant twice, from May 3rd to June 18th and then from June 30th until workers return from the summer break in mid-August. Output at its Saarlouis factory will also halt for much of the current month and into June, according to the company.