February 13, 2020 13:59
GM Korea will halt assembly lines at its plant in Bupyeong next week, the carmaker said Wednesday.
The plant makes its latest midsize Trailblazer SUV with which it hopes to restore its business.
With the shutdown of the plant, all five Korean automakers will now have halted production partially or entirely because they have run out of Chinese-made components because of the coronavirus outbreak.
"Various Chinese-made components including cable harnesses are in short supply," a GM Korea staffer said. "It's inevitable to halt production since the Chinese plants haven't completely gone back to normal yet and it takes time to transport some finished parts due to a snag in the logistics network."
Ssangyong, which suspended production on Feb. 4, and Renault Samsung, which halted its assembly lines Tuesday, will stay closed until Friday.
Hyundai and Kia are halting production until later this month, but some of their key assembly lines have already restarted production since Tuesday.
"We can make up for the loss by working overtime later if we suspend production for a day or two," an industry insider said. "But unless we can deliver cars on time we'll suffer a heavy loss and lose loyal customers."
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