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Huawei boosts Japan parts orders, hedging US risks

Chinese smartphone maker secures components ahead of summer launch

Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer Business Group, presents the new Mate X smartphone in Barcelona, Spain last month.   © Reuters

KYOTO -- In a bid to secure smartphone components for a summer launch of new models, China's Huawei Technologies has boosted orders from Japanese suppliers, moving ahead to avoid supply disruptions amid growing U.S. pressure, Nikkei has learned.

Huawei is asking suppliers to increase shipments by early summer, when production of its latest smartphone model goes into full swing. Murata Manufacturing appears to have received double the usual volume of orders and plans to boost shipments accordingly.

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