Hyundai’s South Korea car manufacturing facility, the largest in the world, shut operations as essential parts could not be procured from virus-infected China.
Hyundai’s Ulsan Car Plant in South Korea
The most productive car factory in the world fell quiet on Friday as South Korea’s Hyundai suspended operations at its giant Ulsan complex, hamstrung by a lack of parts with the coronavirus outbreak crippling China’s industrial output. The five-plant network can make 1.4 million vehicles annually, in a coastal location facilitating importing components and exporting cars globally. But supply lines are crucial in an ever more interconnected worldwide economy and the coronavirus outbreak in China has seen Beijing order factories closed in several areas as it seeks to contain the epidemic.
As a result, Hyundai, which with its affiliate Kia ranks as the world’s fifth-largest auto manufacturer, has run out of the wiring harnesses that connect vehicles’ complex electronics. It is having to suspend production at its factories across South Korea, putting 25,000 workers on forced leave and partial wages, healthy victims of the disease outbreak across the Yellow Sea.