Technology Jul 03

Intel to ‘resume’ Inspur supply after US forces end to shipments

US chip maker says stoppage will be temporarily after Shenzhen server giant is added to White House technology hit list

Intel to resume supply to Inspur in two weeks
On hold: An Inspur graphic from its website. 

(ATF) Shenzhen-listed Inspur Information said on Thursday that US chip giant Intel Corp would resume component shipments to the company in about two weeks after a temporary stoppage and said its business operations are running as normal.

The company's comments came after Intel said it had temporarily paused shipments to Inspur to comply with new US government export regulations.

Intel said in a statement that the move is temporary and would last less than two weeks for some items, while other product shipments will resume in a matter of days. It said shipments will be back on track as soon as possible while ensuring compliance with US laws.

Inspur is the largest server maker in China. It accounted for 37.6% of China's server market and 9.6% of the global server market in the first quarter of this year, according to data from market research company Gartner.

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Inspur was placed on a list of 20 Chinese firms with alleged military links by the US government on June 25, which prompted Intel to halt component shipments.

Financial disclosure from Inspur Information shows that Intel is the company's largest supplier of chips. In 2019, it spent more than 17.89 billion yuan ($2.53bn) on purchasing components from the American company.

Inspur Information's shares declined 0.91% to 377 yuan on Thursday.

Analysts said that if Intel resumes shipments to Inspur in about two weeks, it will not have a substantial impact on the latter's business.

Server makers have a tradition of stocking up core components. That is especially the case this year when the demand for cloud computing has surged in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, said Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Information Consumption Alliance, a telecom industry advocacy.

Uncertainty

But the Inspur incident highlights once again that Chinese tech companies face increasing uncertainties in their supply chains as Washington intensifies its push to crack down on them and new export restrictions keep emerging, analysts said.

Bai Ming, a senior researcher at the Beijing-based China Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, said the US government has been resorting to all means to disrupt normal international business cooperation.

Washington has put dozens of Chinese tech companies including telecom equipment maker Huawei and surveillance equipment maker Hikvision on its Entity List since last May, restricting them from purchasing US technologies.

Huawei and Hikvision were also named on the latest list of 20 Chinese firms that the US government said have links with Chinese military units.

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