GM shuts down production in two factories in South Korea over procurement issues

  • GM Korea has stopped production in two of their production plants. This has happened because a local supplier refused to supply parts.
Two of GM plants in South Korea have a combined annual output capacity of 70,000 units.
Two of GM plants in South Korea have a combined annual output capacity of 70,000 units.

General Motors' South Korea unit has shut down production in two of its factories because the local suppliers reportedly refused to supply auto parts. The manufacturing processes in Changwon and Bupyeong plants were suspended. It is learnt that the local supplier stopped supplying parts because it wanted to hike prices.

ERAE AMS makes components like automotive generators, calipers and other brake parts for General Motors. The statement from the manufacturer said, “GM Korea plans to continue having discussions with ERAE AMS to resolve the issues."

Sales for GM in South Korea have fallen in recent times owing to various factors including the overall market situation.
Sales for GM in South Korea have fallen in recent times owing to various factors including the overall market situation.

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ERAE AMS has production plants in various countries like China, the United States and South Korea. General Motors is not the only automotive manufacturer that ERAE AMS supplies its components to. They also supplies to Hyundai, BYD and Volkswagen, among others.

The Changwon and Bupyeong manufacturing plants have a combined annual production capacity of 70,000 units. That is close to 30 percent of GM Korea's total annual production capacity last year. The Bupyeong plant is also responsible for manufacturing the Trailblazer SUV. Fortunately, for GM, the production of the SUV has not been affected.

GM Korea has reported losses since it was set up back in 2014. However, GM Korea President Roberto Rempel recently announced that the company aims to break even this year and the target for next year is to become profitable.

First Published Date: 21 Jul 2022, 08:44 AM IST
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