A strike at an Indian parts supplier caused both Ford and General Motors to idle crossover plants due to transmission parts shortages. The six-week strike ended last night, and both companies will begin crossover production again shortly.
“We had a settlement last night,” said Surendra Singh, senior vice president of human resources at Rico Auto Industries, the Indian parts supplier that provides parts for the six-speed transmission co-developed by Ford and GM. “Within a day or two, we’ll be able to achieve 100 percent production.”
The strike began on September 21 after Rico Auto suspended several workers for disciplinary reasons. Shortly after, more than 2000 workers started a strike over the matter, causing production delays. Singh said that the company would increase plant capacity utilization to make up for the lost production.
Ford idled production at its Oakville, Ontario, plant last week because of the parts shortages. The plant produces the Ford Edge, Flex, Lincoln MKT, and MKX. GM halted production of its Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia at its Delta Township, Michigan facility this week.
Source: Automotive News