The continuing microchip shortage has forced automakers to idle production facilities around the globe, including General Motors, which has curtailed production of the Chevy Trailblazer and Buick Encore GX at its plant in Bupyeong, South Korea. Luckily, it was recently announced that General Motors will once again resume full production of the Chevy Trailblazer and Buick Encore GX in Korea.
According to a recent post from The Detroit News, General Motors said that it is bringing its Bupyeong 1 Assembly plant in South Korea back to full capacity on May 31st. The Bupyeoung facility was forced to operate at 50 percent capacity on April 26th as a result of the microchip shortage. To note, the South Korean facility builds Chevy Trailblazer and Buick Encore GX models for export to the U.S. market.
As covered previously, GM will also resume production of the Chevy Camaro at its facility in Lansing Grand River, Michigan earlier than expected, set to commence on June 21st. The facility was idled May 10th, and also produces the Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5, both of which will resume production on June 28th.
It was recently estimated that General Motors had lost some 278,000 units worth of production as a result of the microchip shortage. To keep its profitable full-size SUVs and pickup trucks rolling off the line, GM has adopted a “build-shy” strategy whereby unfinished models are produced and stockpiled as they await further chips to arrive for completion.