Hyundai Motor and Kia suspend operations in the U.S.Hyundai Motor, Korea's biggest carmaker by sales, said Monday it will suspend operations at its U.S. plant for three weeks due to lack of semiconductors and routine maintenance.
Hyundai Motor will halt work at the Alabama plant for one week from June 14 due to chip shortages and two weeks from June 16 to July 11 for the plant's maintenance work, a company spokesman said by phone.
In recent weeks, chip parts shortages have continued to affect production of carmakers and other manufacturers in the United States and other markets.
Last month, Hyundai halted operations at its Indian plant for five days starting May 25, as two workers in the Tamil Nadu plant were infected with Covid-19 and several workers staged a sit-in at the plant on May 24 amid rising virus fears.
On the domestic front, the company has temporarily halted operations at some of its domestic plants on chip shortages.
Hyundai has seven domestic plants – five in Ulsan, one in Asan and one in Jeonju – and 10 overseas plants – four in China and one each in the United States, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Russia, India and Brazil. Their combined capacity is 5.5 million vehicles.
Kia also temporarily halted its U.S. plant and domestic plant in Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi, last month due to the same problems.
Kia said it is considering changing the current three-shift system in the Georgia plant to a two-shift system as early as this week.
The maker of the K5 sedan and the Sorento SUV has eight domestic plants in Korea and seven overseas -- three in China and one each in the United States, Slovakia, Mexico and India. Their overall capacity is 3.84 million units.