February 18, 2020 13:03
Hyundai is halting production at one of its factories again due to a shortage of parts supplied from China due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Hyundai said Monday that production at one of its Ulsan plants will stop until Thursday. The plant makes the Veloster hatchback and Kona compact SUV.
The Ulsan plant earlier halted production from Feb. 5-12 due to a stoppage in supplies from China of cable harnesses, a bundle of wires that connect various circuits in a car.
"We resumed production but have not been getting enough supplies of the cable harnesses," a Hyundai spokesman said. "That has led to the operation rate falling to below 50 percent, so we decided to halt it again."
The automaker is considering idling its second Ulsan plant on Friday, which manufactures the GV80 and Palisade SUVs.
Other automakers here have also been forced to idle many assembly lines since parts supplies from China have been disrupted due to the coronavirus outbreak there.
GM Korea temporarily halted production from Monday to Tuesday at its plant in Incheon that manufactures the Trailblazer SUV.
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