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Ford to suspend production on Friday at Mexico plant on materials shortage

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General view shows a part of a plant's facade after U.S. automaker suspended production for two days at the Mexico plant due to material shortage, in Hermosillo, Mexico October 11, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Gustavo Cordova.

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MEXICO CITY, Oct 14 (Reuters) - U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co (F.N) will temporarily suspend production on Friday at its Hermosillo plant in Mexico's Sonora state due to a shortage of materials, the plant's labor union said on Thursday.

Workers will be paid 75% of salaries on Friday, the union added.

Ford had also suspended production from Oct. 11-12 at its Hermosillo plant, where it makes its Bronco Sport SUV and Maverick compact pickup. read more

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The union did not specify which materials were in short supply, but other automakers have been struggling with a chip shortage as manufacturers shifted production toward parts needed for laptop computers, cellphones and video games during the pandemic.

Ford did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Earlier this month, Ford said it would suspend production at its Flat Rock, Michigan, plant and at parts of its Kansas City, Missouri, plant.

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Reporting by Sharay Angulo; Writing by Anthony Esposito; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Steve Orlofsky

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