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wanderingaimlessly

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Posted: 12/15/21 07:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just saw this article. Toyota has apparently secured enough chips to ramp production back up. Toyota
Those running with smaller trailers may find it interesting, but have to wonder if this will now happen industry wide, or if the Japanese manufacturers are keeping supply in house.

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Texas Instruments announced plans to build $30 billion chip production facilities in north Texas and Samsung plans to build a $17 billion chip facility near Austin. Looks like they may have well learned a lesson about relying on single sourcing from foreign countries. Will take 3-4 years to come on line though.

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I read that Ford has invested to build/partner it's own Chips. Can't imagine why it took this long. A major no no in manufacturing is not having redundancy for parts supply. Lack of Chips has crippled the entire auto industry and it took 2 years for them to start finding alternative sources or making them themselves? Bizarre.


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It's not just the new vehicles either. It is also burdening the repair industry.

A friend of mine had his F150 crippled by a failed module. He has been now waiting over 3 months because Ford has no stock on a replacement. Big ouch when it is his work truck and it sits there at a Ford dealer waiting for parts.


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Posted: 12/15/21 09:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey Bob, hope they gave him a loaner! Kinda hard to do without a work truck for that long, or have to rent.

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Business news said chips shortage will ease up next near.

That's assuming Biden's stern warning worked and China won't invade Taiwan despite the overfly and provocations.

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way2roll wrote:

Lack of Chips has crippled the entire auto industry and it took 2 years for them to start finding alternative sources or making them themselves? Bizarre.


Bizarre, how? It's not like you can just round up some stray dogs, feed them a hearty diet of copper, gold, and sand, and have them start crapping out microchips in a week. That kind of production takes YEARS to ramp up, from building the facility, to getting the equipment, to training the workforce, to working out the logistics.

You would be aghast at what companies "cheap out" on just to save a few dollars. Redundancy is one of them. They pound their chests about how they're all about redundancy and business continuance until the estimate comes in for how much it's going to cost... Then it becomes not so important.

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the auto makers are profitting from this so called chip shortage. If they weren't thay would charter a cargo plane and go get them some chips.

How many chips could they load on a 747 cargo plane?
It's the same with all these other shortages. If the companies weren't profitting from the shortage they would fix it.

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Posted: 12/15/21 10:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All better...good news !

Finally, these CEO's (past, present & future) will think twice before outsourcing

CEO's...not politicians. As politico's can only manage outsourcing via tariff's, which begets counter measures (like tariffs on our stuff going over there)


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BenK wrote:

All better...good news !

Finally, these CEO's (past, present & future) will think twice before outsourcing



They are still outsourcing. Multiple sourcing.

Now they are looking at Vietnam, Thailand and the Phils -- back up for Taiwan and China.

Bless them if they are going to do it in-house and here in the USA.

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