Ford Adds Second Supplier For F-150 Frames
Increased Frame Production To Ease Dealer Shortage
A few months ago, we reported on the shortage of F-150 frames from a key supplier, which was suppressing output of the popular truck and allowing arch-rival General Motors to catch up to the F-Series in monthly sales (or surpass, if you include the GMC Sierra). The turn rate for the F-150 has been far below the industry average, usually a healthy sign of popularity and sales but also an issue for a high-volume vehicle, limiting the number of trims and variants available to buyers at dealerships. To help relieve the production bottleneck, Automotive News reports that Ford is adding another supplier for F-150 frames to help increase production and better supply its dealers.
The supplier is Tower International, based in Livonia, Michigan. The company already supplies body and other components to Ford. Although neither Ford nor Tower have officially confirmed the supplier agreement, new job postings at Tower’s plant in Ohio, as well as the company announcing “major new business,” lead most analysts to believe it had been selected as the new secondary supplier for the frames. Production of the frames from Tower is expected to come online in October. The F-150 is a critical product for Ford and reportedly accounts for the majority of the company’s North American and global profits.
Source: Automotive News