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Hyundai giant plant shut down due to coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Hyundai was forced to close one of its largest plants in South Korea: one of the employees of the enterprise in Ulsan gave a positive test result for coronavirus. His colleagues are quarantined.

This closure can be considered a new blow to the positions of Hyundai, which has just begun to recover from the crisis caused by a pause in the supply of components from China.

At the plant in Ulsan, where production is stopped, Hyundai produces crossovers Palisade, Tucson and Santa Fe, as well as the Genesis GV80.

The enterprise itself is just an hour away from the epicenter of the spread of coronavirus. According to Automotive News , South Korea now ranks second in the number of cases after China. On Friday, 256 new cases of reported infections were reported.

The production complex in Ulsan consists of five plants, which together produce up to 1.4 million cars a year, or about 30% of Hyundai’s total production. 34 thousand people work there.

How many of them went to quarantine has not yet been specified. It is also unknown when exactly the production will be resumed: officially the company announced only that the plant where the sick person works will be disinfected.

Several global automakers, including Nissan and Fiat, reported problems with the operation of enterprises due to the coronavirus outside of China at once, and Nissan was seriously afraid of failures at the plant in St. Petersburg.

Russian manufacturers are generally optimistic about the future: they are afraid of possible pauses in the supply of components only at UAZ and KAMAZ.

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