Hyundai Motor Closes Factory in South Korea After Worker Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Earlier this month, production at the world’s largest capacity automotive facility at Ulsan, owned by Hyundai Motors, was halted for a few days due to shortage of automotive components while they scrambled for parts from other parts of the world, most likely Southeast Asia. But today, Hyundai has been dealt another blow. The company has had to suspend production at one of the five factories that they operate at Ulsan after one of their workers tested positive for the new Coronavirus.
South Korea is the fifth-largest carmaker in the world and also has the highest number of Coronavirus-infected people outside of China, which has affected some of the largest global companies headquartered here, such as Samsung and Hyundai. The epicentre of the outbreak in the country, which is Daegu, is but 75 kilometres from Ulsan.
According to a press statement issued by Hyundai, the infected employee’s colleagues who had come in close contact with him/her have been placed in self-quarantine and will be tested for the virus.
Meanwhile, the factory—which houses the production lines for the brand’s popular SUV models such as the Tucson, Santa Fe, Palisade and Genesis GV80—will be disinfected, according to the company. There is no news on when the factory will reopen, but it appears like this will not be the last that we will hear of production being affected by the Coronavirus.