Ford has teamed up with Singapore Technologies Ka and Samsung Electronics in a partnership that will see more than 15,000 US-made chips sold by Ka available in Europe, while more than 90 percent of Samsung SDI RAM chips for use in Ford vehicles sold in the US will be produced in the U.S.
The announcement comes at the same time as other measures announced by the US Department of Commerce to protect US-made parts.
Ford says the partnership will “ensure sufficient consumer confidence and facilitate product continuity.”
Ford’s chip and RAM partnership with Korea’s Samsung SDI is also tied in with that of Ka, a provider of wireless audio systems for mobile devices, which is owned by Hyundai.
“This partnership is about securing the supply of quality automotive components that have been produced in the United States,” said Dave Mondragon, Ford vice president of Supplier Development. “South Korea and Singapore share our vision of building highly reliable, world-class components and are a natural fit for us.”
“Our alliance with Ka is further evidence of the importance we place on our supplier alliances and on maintaining stability for our customers,” Mondragon added.
Dissatisfaction with low-quality Chinese or Korean parts also allows companies in those countries to complain to US government authorities that “US intellectual property is being looted.”
China, which does not export many goods beyond a small niche industry for making PCB boards, has also asked the government to try to overturn some of the tariff-rate quotas that were set aside for US semiconductor suppliers.
US President Donald Trump has said before that he wants to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China by taxing its exports and preventing Chinese companies from dumping goods on the US market.
‘Our hope is that the US trade dispute with China will be short lived,” Ford chairman Bill Ford said in a statement.