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Plants and stores shut from Amazonas to Jaszfenyszaru

Mar 26,2020
Lockdowns and quarantines globally are hitting Korean companies, forcing them to shut factories and stores at the most distant outposts in their far flung empires, even in situations where no coronavirus infections have been found.

In Brazil, all Samsung Electronics retail stores will be closed until further notice to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, the electronics company said on its Brazilian website Wednesday, encouraging the customers to use its online mall.

The Samsung Electronics manufacturing plant in Manaus, Amazonas, in northern Brazil, will be shut Tuesday to Sunday for disinfection and quarantine.

The company has asked workers at the Sao Paulo headquarters office to work from home.

Temporary closures follow lockdowns in India and Slovakia.

A Samsung Electronics television assembly line in Jaszfenyszaru, Hungary, will go into temporary shutdown mode through March 27 as the tech company makes a pre-emptive move for the safety of workers.

Hyundai Motor is required to close its Piracicaba production line, located in Sao Paulo, for three weeks from March 23 through April 9 in line with a state order.

The factory, which produces 180,000 units a year, is considered a key to the company’s South American operations.

To meet the growing demand, Hyundai planned to increase the annual production capacity to 210,000 units this year.

Hyundai Motor suspended the operations of plants in Chennai, India, Nosovice, the Czech Republic, and Montgomery, Alabama, until the end of this month.

Kia Motors will halt the operations of its plant in West Point, Georgia, until April 10 in an effort to stem the spread of the virus.

LG Chem is closing its plant in Holland, Michigan, and Samsung SDI will close its factory in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Both will stay shut through April 13 in accordance with the state order to minimize human contact and have workers stay home for three weeks.

Hankook Tire will close its Dunaujvaros, Hungary, plant between March 30 and April 7 as a precaution.

BY PARK EUN-JEE, LEE DONG-HYUN and KIM YOUNG-MIN [park.eunjee@joongang.co.kr]