Agility in Alabama - Hyundai shifts production in the US

Sep 18, 2018   Features

The Korean carmaker has shown great flexibility in using its resources in the US to better use its assets and tailor its output to match a growing market for its SUV as Chris Susock, head of Hyundai US manufacturing explains.

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) in the city of Montgomery was completed in June 2004 and started production in May 2005. Originally the plant had a capacity of 300,000 units per year but it is now running at around 390,000 units, as demand for the Korean carmaker’s products has grown steadily in the region. In addition to complete automobiles, the facility also makes approximately 700,000 engines, for its own use and for the nearby Kia plant in Georgia.

Indeed, Hyundai and Kia have cleverly sited their plants just 85 miles apart, allowing both plants to benefit from using the other’s capacity. The two factories are directly linked by the I-85 highway and over the years production has been shifted between the two plants. For example, Kia engines are made in the HMMA plant while some SUV production was moved from Hyundai to the West Point Kia plant in a ‘peak shaving’ exercise.

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