Sony and Keoxia of Japan seek US approval to supply Huawei – Nikkei


FILE PHOTO: On July 22, 2019, the Huawei company’s logo is placed at Shenzhen International Airport in Guangdong Province, Shenzhen. REUTERS / Aly Song / File Photo

Tokyo (Reuters) – Japan’s Sony Corp. and memory chipmaker Keoxia Holdings Corp. have applied for US approval to continue supplying Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Nikkei reported on Sunday.

If confirmed, the move follows other tech companies such as Intel Corp that were recently licensed from US authorities.

With US-China relations at their worst time in decades, Washington is pushing governments around the world to squeeze out Huawei, arguing that telecommunications giants will transfer data to the Chinese government for espionage.

Huawei is one of the top customers for Sony’s image sensors for smartphones. Kioxia Holdings Corp is the world’s No. 2 manufacturer as a supplier of flash memory chips and Huawei.

Nikkei said that without a US license, Sony and Keoxia would face risks to their earnings.

Kioxia warned that US restrictions on Huawei could cause memory chips to oversupply and run at low prices. It recently canceled plans for a multi-billion dollar listing as US-China tensions affect the global chip market.

A Sony spokesperson said the company was in compliance with all regulations, but could not comment on particular customers.

A Keoxia spokesperson also declined to comment.

Makiko Yamazaki, reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Dan Grebler

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