Apple, LG, Samsung, Huawei and others could be collateral damage from the latest trade battle

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While an uneasy truce settles over the U.S.-China trade war, there are now animosities being hurled by Japan against South Korea and vice versa. And companies like Apple, Huawei, LG, and Samsung could be caught up in the crossfire. As we told you late last month, starting today Japan is restricting the export of fluorinated polyimide and resist and high-purity hydrogen fluoride (HF) to South Korea. These materials are used in the production of smartphone displays in the country by LG and Samsung, and to manufacture memory chips by Samsung and SK Hynix Inc. Japan accounts for 70% to 90% of …

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