GM Korea to halt 2 plants over chip shortage next week

16-Apr-2021 Intellasia | YNA | 5:02 AM Print This Post

GM Korea Co., the South Korean unit of general Motors Co., said Thursday it will suspend two of its three plants next week due to a lack of semiconductors parts.

GM Korea will halt the No. 1 and No. 2 plants in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, from April 19-23 as the semiconductor supply continues to remain fluid globally, the company said in a statement.

“We will continue to work closely with our supply base to find solutions for our suppliers’ semiconductor requirements and to mitigate the impact on GM Korea. Our intent is to make up as much production lost at the plants as possible,” it said.

GM Korea has been operating half of the No. 2 Bupyeong plant, which produces the Trax compact SUV and the Malibu midsize sedan, since February 8 due to a lack of chip parts. The No. 1 Bupyeong plant produces the Trailblazer SUV.

The Detroit carmaker has three Korean plants two in Bupyeong and one in Changwon whose combined output capacity reaches 630,000 units a year.

For the whole of 2020, GM Korea sold 368,453 vehicles, down 12 percent from 417,226 units a year earlier, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

GM owns a 76 percent stake in GM Korea, and the state-run Korea Development Bank and SAIC Motor Corp. hold a 17 percent stake and 6 percent stake, respectively, in the Korean unit.

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