US automotive group Ford Motor will shut down production of the Ford Focus in Saarlouis, Germany for a full month due to a shortage of microchips. Other companies also had to temporarily stop production due to a shortage of chips for cars. Ford’s plant in Saarlouis, western Germany, employs around 5,000 people. From Monday, production will stop for a month. Previously, Ford had already had to close a plant in the United States due to a shortage of semiconductors. Other automakers like Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, Audi and Daimler face the same issues.
The demand for chips for smartphones, laptops and gaming computers, in particular, increased sharply during the health crisis, with many people having to look after at home. Chipmakers are struggling to deliver enough to the automotive industry. In addition, distribution problems are compounded by containment measures.