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Huawei, Chinese chip makers keep factories humming despite coronavirus outbreak

Stock MarketsFeb 03, 2020 03:48AM ET
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Some Chinese technology firms are continuing to manufacture parts and products despite government calls across various cities and provinces for work to be halted as Beijing seeks to stop the spread of the coronavirus ravaging the country.

Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said on Monday it had resumed production of goods including consumer devices and carrier equipment, and operations are running normally. The company restarted manufacturing in line with a special exemption that allows certain critical industries to remain in operation, despite Beijing's call to halt all work in some cities and provinces.

The spokesman said most of the production was in Dongguan, a city in the southern Guangdong province.

Other companies have also kept production running, in some cases even through Chinese New Year, in a sign of the critical importance Beijing places on its domestic tech supply chain, a subject of friction with the United States

Yangtze Memory Technologies Co Ltd (YMTC), a state-backed maker of flash memory chips based in Wuhan - the city where the virus outbreak originated - confirmed on Monday that it has not yet ceased production.

"At present, production and operations at YMTC are proceeding normally and in an orderly manner," a company spokesman wrote in a statement on Monday.

The spokesman added that no factory employees have been confirmed as infection cases, and that the company has enacted certain isolation measures and partitions to ensure the safety of employees.

State media reported that the chip maker did not cease operations over the Lunar New Year holiday.

Meanwhile Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) also kept production running throughout the holiday break.

In a post on social media on Monday, the company said that it organized a work group before Chinese New Year to ensure the plants could stay open, while protecting the safety of employees and adhering to government regulations.

"SMIC needs to ensure that factory production runs 365 days a year and 24 hours a day to meet customers' fabrication needs," the post read.

The chip fab, which rivals Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, has facilities in Tianjin, Shenzhen, Beijing, and Shanghai.

(This story corrects spelling of Beijing in first paragraph)

Huawei, Chinese chip makers keep factories humming despite coronavirus outbreak
 

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Chris Vu
Chris Vu Feb 03, 2020 2:09AM ET
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You should only believe half what the Chinese say or claim.
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David9 Feb 03, 2020 2:09AM ET
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If this is true then you should belive 30% of what US say or claim.
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secure us
secure us Feb 03, 2020 1:52AM ET
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money hungry mfs
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If you have corona and work for huawei, you hace a corona and continue to work! Reminds me of the 1945 germany!
Mike ND
Mike ND Feb 02, 2020 11:58PM ET
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Desperate times call for desperate measures.
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I told you guys ... Huawei is going strong and there is no stopping here when they are leading in IT.
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Why arent you commenting on the chinese markets plunge articles?
 
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