South Korean automaker Hyundai will suspend operations at its Alabama plant for three weeks due to semiconductor shortages and for maintenance work, a company spokesman confirmed.
“Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama will suspend production the week of (June) 14 due to semiconductor supply conditions. The plant will resume production on June 21 and will continue to take the necessary steps to optimize production,” the manufacturer said in a statement.
Following this one-week shutdown, the facility will again suspend production between June 26 and July 11 for the annual routine maintenance period.
Automakers around the world are being hit by a chip shortage that is affecting production.
Hyundai, which has ten plants outside South Korea (four in China and one each in the U.S., Czech Republic, Turkey, Russia, India and Brazil) and seven on the Korean peninsula – with a combined production capacity of about 5.5 million vehicles – has already temporarily halted some of its domestic plants for this reason.
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To that must be added temporary suspensions linked to the covid-19 pandemic, most recently in May at its Indian plant after two workers were infected and others staged a sit-in amid growing fears over the pathogen.
Its subsidiary Kia also temporarily halted production at its U.S. plant and another South Korean plant last month over the same problems.
Hyundai is South Korea’s largest vehicle maker by sales and together with Kia is the fifth-largest automaker globally.