Ford suspending production of F-150

Meridian Fire

Meridian Fire

The F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the US, accounting for more than a quarter of Ford's sales a year ago. Also hindered is the automaker's F-Series Super Duty production at its Kentucky Truck Plant, but Super Duty work is expected to continue at the Ohio Assembly Plant. Mercedes' facilities in Alabama have adjusted hours in response to the supply interruption. "We're confident that any impacts will be short term".

7,600 workers build F-150 trucks at the two plants.

The F-150 is produced only at the Dearborn and Kansas City plants.

"It's a bit early to determine the impact this will have on Ford's sales, but on average it takes 76 days for an F-150 to sell, so the company does have a bit of a cushion", Ivan Drury, Edmunds senior manager of industry analysis, said in a statement.

Authorities said there were explosions at the plant and two workers were hurt. The company produced more than a million pickup trucks in 2017, while sales in the USA totaled around 896,000 to mark a 12-year high.

The fire was at one their suppliers, Meridian Magnesium Products, in Eaton Rapids.

Meridian Magnesium Products, owned by the Chinese Wanfeng Auto Holdings is the only supplier in North America that has the ability to supply this product at the volume Ford requires. An analyst calculated recently that the value of the F-Series truck is greater than of Ford overall. The article also states that these trucks should keep Ford dealers stocked for several weeks.

The Drive reached out to a spokesperson from Ford to inquire about how this incident will impact the production of the F-Series pickups in the near future.

"For Ford, this is potentially enormous, It's just tragic", said Abhay "Abe" Vadhavkar, director of manufacturing, engineering and technology at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. But if the parts shortage continues, inventories of F-150 trucks at dealerships would dwindle.

The Ford Essex engine plant will be closed for the rest of this week. Mercedes confirmed to that "some of our operations have not been affected by the MPA incident, but we do have some MBUSI shops that will temporarily halt production through Wednesday until an assessment and recovery plan is confirmed".

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