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US-China tensions

iRobot breaks with Hong Kong partner over China production

Company cites US tariffs in shift of Roomba robot vacuum assembly to Malaysia

HONG KONG -- iRobot has broken off ties with the Hong Kong company that for years helped develop and produce the robotic vacuum Roomba in the latest fallout from the U.S.-China trade conflict.

Without mentioning iRobot by name, Kin Yat Holdings said in a premarket exchange filing Tuesday that a "significant customer ... which is a leading American technology company specializing in robotic floor care products" was ending its service contract, noting the customer accounted for 55% of total revenues for the year ended March 2020.

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