February 11, 2020 10:26
Hyundai and affiliate Kia resume some production on Tuesday of popular models such as the Palisade and GV80 SUV after a lull caused by a supply shortage from coronavirus-stricken China.
Some parts suppliers in China restarted their assembly lines on Feb. 6 and shipped vital cable harnesses, which connect various circuits in a car, to Korea.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Monday said production resumed on Sunday at 27 out of around 40 factories in China that supply cable harnesses, and the number increased to 37 on Monday.
But many workers in China are refusing to go back to their jobs for fear of contracting coronavirus, while some provinces have imposed mandatory 14-day self-quarantine on outsiders, so it will take some time before production returns to normal.
"Cable harnesses made in China over the last three or four days were delivered by planes and ship starting Monday," a Hyundai staffer said. "Including parts that were hastily manufactured in Korea and Southeast Asia, we're able to resume production first at plants in Ulsan and Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday."
Hyundi's Ulsan plant makes the Palisade, Tucson, Santa Fe and GV80 SUVs, while Kia's Hwaseong plant produces the K3, K5 and K7 sedans as well as the Sorento, Mohave and Niro SUVs.
Ssangyong, which halted production last week after parts stockpiles ran out, will resume production on Thursday, while Renault Samsung will restart its plants next week.
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