Uchi unit stops production after 15 employees test positive for Covid-19

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 30): Uchi Technologies Bhd said 15 employees of its subsidiary Uchi Optoelectronic (M) Sdn Bhd (UOM) have tested positive for Covid-19.

It said UOM started a mass screening process for its employees after the acknowledgement of a confirmed Covid-19 case from a contractor on Jan 25.

As of yesterday, 15 employees have tested positive based on the results of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests obtained so far, the Penang-based group said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia yesterday.

“The company immediately imposed a halt in production activities as a precautionary and preventive measure to contain the possible spread of the virus, as well as to carry out sanitation and disinfection for the premises,” added Uchi.

“Despite the temporary closure of the affected plant premises, we are reasonably confident that the implementation of the catch-up plan after the resumption of work will supplement our capacity loss.

“Barring any unforeseeable circumstances, we expect to progressively resume production starting in early February,” the group added.

Uchi, which specialises in the design of electronic control systems, said it will continue to fully adhere to Ministry of Health (MoH) standard operating procedures.

“We have liaised with and are awaiting further directives from MoH and will continue to monitor the situation closely,” it said.

Uchi’s shares price closed down three sen or 1.1% at RM2.69 yesterday, giving it a market capitalisation of RM453 million. A total of 759,300 shares were traded.

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