Korea: Over 80 percent of auto plants back in operationChristian Fernsby ▼ | May 25, 2020
More than 80 percent of vehicle plants resumed limited operations as of mid-May as new coronavirus restrictions were eased, an auto industry association said Monday.
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"It will take some time for the auto plants to return to full operations and pre-coronavirus production levels as consumers opt to spend less amid the coronavirus pandemic," the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) said in a statement.
On May 19, the proportion of auto plants that were back in operation jumped to 84 percent, or 232 plants out of the countries' combined 278 plants, from 29 percent a month earlier on April 16, the statement said.
Auto plants in South Korea, Japan, China and other East Asian countries were in operation in mid-April, plants in European countries like Germany, France, and Spain resumed operations in late April, and plants in the United States and India restarted production in early May, it said. ■