Japanese companies Sony and Kioxia have applied to the U.S. Department of Commerce, hoping that the Americans will allow them to continue supplying their products to the Chinese company Huawei Technologies. Today Huawei is one of the largest customers for Sony image sensors and Kioxia flash memory.
Raising relations with China to the worst state in decades, Washington continues to push governments around the world to push Huawei out of the market, claiming that the telecommunications giant will use its equipment to transmit data to the Chinese government. Huawei rejects these allegations.
Meanwhile, Huawei is one of the largest buyers of Sony image sensors used in smartphones. Kioxia supplies Huawei with flash memory chips, being the second largest manufacturer of these products. According to Nikkei, without U.S. licenses, Sony and Kioxia will lose a significant portion of their revenues.
Sony and Kioxia representatives did not comment on the situation.