Kia Motors may make face masks at China factory to fight coronavirus

The logo of Korean car manufacturer KIA.
The logo of Korean car manufacturer KIA.
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South Korea's Kia Motors Corp is considering making face masks at its Chinese factory to help battle the spread of the coronavirus, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.

The announcement follows a similar move by Fiat Chrysler, whose CEO Mike Manley said earlier this week that one of the group's plants in Asia would be converted to produce face masks for health care workers and would reach a target of one million masks per month in coming weeks.

Kia could make masks at its Yancheng plant after the Chinese government encouraged carmakers to do so, the spokesperson said. He declined to comment on possible timing or any manufacturing target.

Kia has suspended production at its Georgia plant in the US, its Slovakia site and operations in India due to the coronavirus pandemic.