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China chip event draws Applied Materials, others despite U.S. tensions

Leading global companies eager to stay in biggest semiconductor market

Supply chain innovation is a theme of this week's chip industry conference in Guangzhou. (Photo by Shunsuke Tabeta)

GUANGZHOU -- A chip industry conference that kicked off here Tuesday has lined up major U.S. companies as participants despite Washington's widening restrictions on sales of cutting-edge semiconductor technology to China.

Applied Materials, Lam Research and KLA are among the main sponsors of the event as is German industrial group Siemens, according to conference materials.

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