Huawei Technologies Co , the struggling Chinese tech giant under harsh US sanctions, is expected to report 636.9 billion yuan (US$91.5 billion) in revenue for 2022, flat when compared with last year’s figure of 636.8 billion yuan, according to new year message posted by its rotating chairman Eric Xu. The marginal growth of 100 million yuan, representing a 0.00016 per cent year-on-year increase, marks an improvement from 2021 when Huawei’s revenue plunged 28.6 per cent year on year. The flat growth, despite Huawei’s efforts to diversify its sources of incomes, highlights the mounting difficulties it faces after its smartphone business and overseas sales were hit hard by US sanctions. Xu said Huawei survived by “overcoming extreme difficulties” in past years, and that it would seek “quality” survival in 2023. His message echoed an early internal memo from company founder Ren Zhengfei in the summer, which urged employees to fight for survival over the next three years. Huawei disbands enterprise business team in Russia: Kommersant Huawei’s struggles to survive US sanctions have been closely watched by analysts and the general public both at home and abroad. The Huawei telecommunications brand is associated with patriotism in China, and the return of its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Ren, to Shenzhen in 2021 after house arrest in Canada on alleged bank fraud charges, was hailed on Chinese state media as a win for the country over the US. However, the company has been forced to venture into new areas, including automotive systems, in search of fresh revenue sources. Huawei, which briefly surpassed Samsung Electronics to lead global smartphone shipments in early 2020, has finally run out of in-house-designed semiconductors for its smartphones in the third quarter , according to a report by Counterpoint Research. According to Xu’s message, Huawei has exited its “war mode” and managed to gradually “turn peril into safety” during 2022. “US restrictions are now our new normal, and we’re back to business as usual,” Xu said, adding that he expects 2023 to be “a critical year” for the company. “We need to actively drive progress, keep inspiring passion across the organisation, and further hone our capabilities. We need to be proactive about improving the business environment and more effectively managing risks,” Xu said. Huawei said it will maintain its heavy investment in research and development, and put its limited resources in areas that can create value. It will also pin hopes on serving the digitisation of traditional industries, and achieve mass commercialisation of its smart car component business. As part of its diversification efforts, the company has tried to reposition itself as a provider of enterprise services to industry clients, and forged closer partnerships with car makers. Over the past year Huawei has set up more integrated teams, known as “legions”, to focus on specific industries such as digital finance, energy, machine vision, manufacturing digitalisation, and public services. These were in addition to the existing teams established at the start of the initiative last October. Xu also highlighted the rapid growth in its enterprise services and cloud computing business, which was tasked by the company to drive new growth this year. In May 2019, Washington put Huawei on its Entity List over national security concerns, barring the telecoms giant from doing business with US firms without a licence. Since then, Huawei has seen its smartphone market share fall at home. In the third quarter, the company remained out of the top-five vendor rankings in China, which was led by Vivo , Oppo , former Huawei budget handset brand Honor , Apple and Xiaomi , according to data from tech market research firm Canalys.