Sony and Kioxia seek US approval to bypass Huawei ban

Sony and Kioxia seek US approval to bypass Huawei ban

Japan’s Sony and memory chipmaker Kioxia have applied for U.S. approval to restart supplies of components to China’s Huawei Technologies, now under a de facto ban on accessing equipment made with American tech, Nikkei has learned.

There was no indication as of Saturday that their applications had been approved. The Japanese companies join South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix in seeking licenses from the U.S. Department of Commerce to sell to Huawei, one of the world’s top makers of smartphones and telecommunication infrastructure.

Without Commerce Department approval, Sony and Kioxia face a risk to their earnings. The two companies supply components for products, such as 5G devices, that have become caught up in the high-tech race between the U.S. and China.

Sony ranks as the world’s top supplier by market share of image sensors for mobile phones. Huawei is estimated to account for about a fifth of the Japanese company’s roughly 1 trillion yen ($9.5 billion) in image sensor sales, making it the second-biggest buyer, after Apple.