Restrictions expected to affect Dutch-based ASML, Europe's largest semiconductor tech company, come after intense pressure from Washington to cut Chinese access to technology.
Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign can remove tin contamination from ultraviolet lithography machines manufactured by the Netherlands-based ASML, which is at the centre of the US-China chip war.
Carmakers and suppliers have turned in strong results that beat expectations for the first half of the year, but they warned that a lack of semiconductors had crimped production.
With a near total control on the rare earth mineral market, China floats possible export restrictions on the United States, as Washington escalated the trade war against China this month by putting the Chinese telecom giant Huawei on a blacklist.
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