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Flex says China jobs impacted after Huawei row

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Flex says China jobs impacted after Huawei row
People walk past a Huawei store in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China July 10, 2019. Picture taken July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT.   -   Copyright  CHINA STRINGER NETWORK(Reuters)
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By Sijia Jiang

HONGKONG (Reuters) – Flex Ltd, a contract manufacturer for Huawei [HWT.UL]that is locked in a dispute with the Chinese tech giant over about $100 million (£82.32 million) worth of assets, said the market situation was affecting some of its jobs in the Asian nation.

Chinese financial magazine Caixin reported late on Sunday that some 10,000 Flex jobs in China were expected to be cut as two major factories in Changsha and Zhuhai had stopped work due to its row with Huawei.

While declining to comment on the report, a Flex spokesman said “after careful review of the market situation and customer need, we are offering impacted employees job opportunities within Flex Zhuhai Industrial Park and other Flex locations”.

He declined to say how many employees had been affected but denied it was a layoff. A Flex source said the firm employs some 50,000 people in China, with Zhuhai being its largest base.

Huawei last month said Flex had withheld some 700 million yuan worth of Huawei goods in its Zhuhai factory after Washington put Huawei on a trade blacklist in mid-May, causing losses for the Chinese company.

At the time, Flex had said it was “actively working” with Huawei “to find a mutually agreeable way forward” after their partnership had “recently been impacted by unforeseen challenges resulting from the US/China trade situation”.

Dual-headquartered in the United States and Singapore, Flex is among the world’s largest electronics manufacturers and competes against Foxconn Technology in providing manufacturing services for Huawei products such as smartphones and 5G base stations.

(Reporting by Sijia Jiang; Editing by Brenda Goh and Himani Sarkar)

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