Among a litany of the challenges, the ongoing semiconductor shortage has weighed on U.S. automotive manufacturers. Despite solid demand, sales have faced strong headwinds from the part shortages, paired with low showroom inventories. In turn, automakers, including Ford Motor Co. , have idled production at various points over the last year. The Detroit automaker idled production at several plants in July and August in response to the chip shortage. However, the automaker recently announced a collaboration that aims to strengthen its position in the semiconductor market. Ford, GlobalFoundries announce collaboration on semiconductors Ford late last week announced a “strategic collaboration” with GlobalFoundries to “advance semiconductor manufacturing and technology development within the United States, aiming to boost chip supplies for Ford and the U.S. automotive industry.” “It’s critical that we create new ways of working with suppliers to give Ford – and America – greater independence in delivering the technologies […]