Ford’s supply-chain problems include blue oval badges for F-Series pickups

A Ford F-150 pickup truck is supplied for sale at a dealership on September 6, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

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DETROIT – Modern offer chain troubles for Ford Motor have bundled a tiny, nevertheless significant, element for the firm and its cars – the blue oval badges that don almost each individual motor vehicle for its namesake model.

The Detroit automaker has professional shortages with the Ford badges as well as the nameplates that specify the design, a Ford spokesman verified to CNBC. The Wall Street Journal first noted the problem, which includes badges for its F-Sequence pickups, on Friday, citing nameless sources.

The concern is the most up-to-date is a decades-very long supply chain crisis that has ranged from essential areas this kind of as semiconductor chips and wire harnesses to raw components and now, auto badges.  

The Wall Road Journal claimed a Michigan-centered supplier known as Tribar Systems, Inc. that has produced badges for Ford in the past experienced to limit functions in August, after disclosing to Michigan regulators it had discharged industrial chemicals into a regional sewer procedure.

A information searching for remark from Tribar was not instantly answered. Ford declined to remark on regardless of whether Tribar’s minimal operations were linked to the automaker’s identify-badge scarcity.

A spokesman also declined to remark on how many automobiles have been impacted by the problem.

The report comes just after Ford on Monday explained mentioned elements shortages have impacted around 40,000 to 45,000 motor vehicles, principally large-margin vehicles and SUVs, that have not been capable to access sellers. Ford also mentioned at the time that it expects to book an further $1 billion in unpredicted supplier charges all through the 3rd quarter.

The announcement earlier this 7 days, such as a pre-release of some earnings expectations, prompted Ford’s inventory to have its worst working day in much more than 11 several years.

Separately, Ford on Thursday introduced programs to restructure its international source chain to “support successful and trustworthy sourcing of components, inner progress of key technologies and abilities, and planet-class cost and excellent execution.”