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Kia Motors stops operations in Mexico due to power shortage

Esther Herrera

Monterrey / 18.02.2021 09:15:00

The Kia Motors plant joins the series of technical stoppages announced by other automakers such as General Motors, Audi, VW.

Its plant in Pesquería, Nuevo León, started the technical strike this morning due to the situation in the north and northeast of the country due to the lack of natural gas and electricity supply.

Kia Motors said that: « this is due to the situation in energy and to contribute to the reduction in consumption. »

According to information from the company, two shifts were suspended, which represents about a thousand workers.

Another of the companies that announced adjustments in the production of vehicles at its Puebla plant was the manufacturer Volkswagen de México, whose technical strike will take place today, Thursday, February 18 and tomorrow, Friday, February 19.

While General Motors was forced to stop its operations at the Silao complex, Guanajuato on February 16 and 17.

They warn of semi paralysis of the industry

Yesterday, the president of the Nuevo León Energy Cluster warned that the industry outlook became complicated as a result of the power cuts and the rationing of the natural gas supply.

César Cadena detailed the reduction in service was from 80 to 100 percent, since there is only operation for maintenance of the plants.

He added that the cost of this situation will be billions of pesos and said that this could serve as a lesson not to depend on imported gas.