How is the Chip Shortage Affecting the Truck Industry?

The electronic chip shortage -- nearly everyone is talking about it. Many industries have been impacted, from technology companies to automakers, and yes, commercial truck producers. The current shortage is a result of several elements, like a perfect storm, but where did this chip shortage come from, and why does it matter to truck manufacturers? 

What Caused the Chip Shortage?

A decrease in chip production as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, water damage at shipping facilities, and the worst drought Taiwan has seen in decades has run chip production off the rails. As the world went under lockdown, automakers canceled orders for these electronic chips that power everything from safety systems to power windows. Chipmakers then diverted those supplies to computers, televisions, and other goods. With the world spending more time at home, electronics were in high demand. 

Now that consumers are starting to poke their noses back in the sun, chip producers can’t crank them out fast enough. Global demand for microchips skyrocketed, and while truck OEMs purchase a relatively low volume of chips compared to automotive and consumer electronic manufacturers, they were quick to feel the supply chain shortage. However, Kenworth General Manager Kevin Baney said that Kenworth has managed this relatively minor crisis well, and he expects the situation to be resolved with only minimal production disruptions. 

New and Used Commercial Trucks

If you are worried you won’t be able to find a Kenworth or Hino truck for sale, worry not! Kenworth of Louisiana still has new and used commercial truck inventory available for purchase. Speak with one of our highly skilled, expert sales staff to help you make the right choice for your specific needs. We have sales and service facilities in every major metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana, so you’re guaranteed to find a location near you. If you are interested in leasing or renting a commercial truck, we can help with that too!

In addition to offering new or used Kenworth trucks for sale, Kenworth of Louisiana sets the standard for service and maintenance. Servicing your Kenworth or Hino truck is crucial to maintaining operations and helps your truck continue to provide lasting value year after year. Our factory-trained, ASE-certified technicians service and maintain your Kenworth or Hino truck to get you back on the road and maximize your vehicle’s uptime. 

Contact Kenworth of Louisiana Today

If you are in the market for a new or used Kenworth or Hino commercial vehicle, visit one of our seven locations throughout Louisiana. You will speak with one of our experienced sales professionals who can help you choose the right truck for your needs. Kenworth of Louisiana offers inventory, service, and maintenance of commercial trucks throughout Louisiana. All of our locations offer the full lineup of Kenworth, Peterbilt, Hino, Hoist, and OX Bodies. Contact Kenworth of Louisiana today to speak with a sales representative. We have served the needs of the local commercial truck industry for over 50 years, and we can help you find the truck you will always want to drive.