April 23, 2020 / 3:47 AM / a month ago

Kia Motors to halt operations at two domestic factories on some days in Apr, May - union

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Kia Motors is pictured on a car at Kia Motors manufacturing plant in Pesqueria, on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico May 8, 2019. Picture taken May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Photo

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean automaker Kia Motors plans to suspend operations at two of its domestic factories from April 27 to May 10 and again between May 22 to 25, a union official said on Thursday.

Kia had been in talks this month with the labour unions of its factories to flexibly suspend some production to manage inventory, as overseas auto demand is hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the official said.

The two production lines are in Sohari, Gwangmyeong, to the south of Seoul.

A company spokesman did not immediate reply to a request for comment.

Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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