Western Digital suspends partnership with Huawei

Tuesday, 11. June 2019 07:35

United States storage device maker Western Digital Corp. has suspended its partnership with Chinese tech giant Huawei, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Tuesday.

Speaking to the Japanese media outlet in an interview, CEO Steve Milligan said that his company suspended its partnership with the Chinese company and halted all shipments after the US added it to a trade blacklist in May. The move compelled Western Digital to reassess its relationship with Huawei, which accounts for less than 10% of its revenue but is a "meaningful customer," according to Milligan. He added that Western Digital has not engaged in any technology transfers with Chinese companies and that it had no immediate plans to do so but that it was considering a license to resume trading with Huawei.

Western Digital and Huawei previously announced a strategic cooperation agreement in April aimed at consolidating their partnership in areas such as hard drives and non-volatile flash storage technology. The former also supplied the latter with products such as flash memory for smartphones. Milligan stated that his company was working with the US government "at various different levels" and that he hoped for a constructive relationship between the world's two largest economies.

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