LG Electronics shuts down research centre

25-Feb-2020 Intellasia | KoreaTimes | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The deadly coronavirus is affecting research at LG Electronics, with the country’s No. 2 consumer electronics company temporarily shutting down its research and development (R&D) centre in Incheon, Gyeonggi Province, Monday.

LG Electronics reported that a family member of one of its employees at its research centre tested positive for the coronavirus.

“LG Electronics decided to close the R&D building in Incheon from Monday until February 25 after a family member of a company employee tested positive for the coronavirus. After the closure, necessary sanitisation work was undertaken. Other LG employees who worked at the same building as the affected employee were forced to go home,” LG Electronics said.

Despite the shutdown, LG assured operations will continue at its other facilities. “The R&D building was planning to restart operations Tuesday afternoon.”

“The decision is in line with LG Electronics’ strengthened preventive measures against the deadly coronavirus and to protect the health of company employees as South Korea is seeing a steep rise in virus-infectiond cases. We sincerely hope employees understand the decision,” LG said, adding no results have yet to reveal whether or not the employee tested as positive for the virus.

Established in July 2013, LG Electronics’ “Incheon Campus” houses research centers relating to the various aspects of electric vehicles including manufacturing, testing and R&D. Some 2,500 were working at the campus including those from LG’s local suppliers.

The closure came after Samsung Electronics recently shut down its operations at a plant in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province, over the weekend after one of its employees tested positive for the virus.

Samsung said Monday afternoon that it had restarted operations, and added the temporary closure of the local facility will have limited impact on the production of its premium Galaxy Z Flip and Fold mobile devices as the company has already shifted some 70 percent of its smartphone production to Vietnam.

South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control said Monday the total number of the virus-affected reached 763. The death toll rose to seven. The southeastern city of Daegu is cited as the epicenter of the rapid rise in reported cases here.



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