Ford Motor Company, which employs some 7,500 people in Clay County, is partnering with a global leader in feature-rich semiconductor manufacturing, a recent barrier to auto manufacturing.
GlobalFoundries Inc. and Ford recently announced a strategic collaboration to advance semiconductor manufacturing and technology development within the United States, aiming to boost chip supplies for Ford and the U.S. automotive industry.
According to a Ford news release, the companies have signed a non-binding agreement that opens the door for GF to create further semiconductor supply for Ford’s current vehicle lineup and joint research and development to address the growing demand for feature-rich chips to support the automotive industry. These could include semiconductor solutions for ADAS, battery management systems and in-vehicle networking for an automated, connected and electrified future. GF and Ford also will explore expanded semiconductor manufacturing opportunities to support the 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 and features our customers will most value in the future,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “This agreement is just the beginning and a key part of our plan to vertically integrate key technologies and capabilities that will differentiate Ford far into the future.”
“GF is committed to building innovative alliances with the world’s leading companies to enable the features in products that are pervasive throughout people’s lives,” said Tom Caulfield, GF CEO. “Our agreement with Ford is a key step forward in strengthening our cooperation and partnership with automakers to spur innovation, bring new features to market faster and ensure long-term, supply-demand balance.”
The announcement is consistent with both companies’ commitment to build innovative business relationships to regain supply-demand balance for chips in the auto industry, as well as efforts to further accelerate technology innovation for the U.S. auto industry. The collaboration leverages both companies’ strengths to better compete, innovate and serve customers.
This strategic collaboration does not involve cross-ownership between the two companies.