| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

Hyundai Motor to suspend production in South Korea due to chip shortage

South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co plans to temporarily suspend production at its Ulsan No.1 plant in South Korea due to chip shortage between April 5 and April 13, Korea Economic Daily cited the auto industry as saying on Monday.

The affected Ulsan factory produces 311,000 vehicles annually including the Ioniq 5 and Kona Electric.

“No decision has been made on the reported temporary suspension of the facility,” Hyundai said in a statement to Reuters.

The production at Hyundai’s Ulsan No.1 plant is being suspended due to supply issues concerning chips and power electric modules, the Korea Economic Daily said.

Underscoring the severity of the chip shortage crisis, Hyundai, until recently one of the automakers least affected due to prudent stockpiling, has become the latest automaker to stop manufacturing due to the chip shortage issue.

Last month, Reuters reported that Hyundai had been able to avoid a hit from the shortage thus far largely because it maintained a stockpile of chips unlike its global peers.

Honda Motor Co Ltd and General Motors Co both announced last week that they would continue production suspension at plants in North America for the coming weeks, citing the chip shortage as one of various reasons.

A confluence of factors including factory shutdowns, booming demand for laptops and tablets, and sanctions against Chinese tech companies caused a global shortage of chips to rattle the electronics sector in December.

Originally concentrated in the auto industry, the shortage has widened to affect a range of consumer electronics, including smartphones.

  • Reuters