200 employees evacuated from Shimano HQ after fire
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200 employees at Shimano’s Japanese headquarters were this morning evacuated from the building following the outbreak of a major fire.
According to a local newspaper, the fire was discovered at around 1.45pm local time (5.45am BST) in the building, which houses a factory and company offices, in Sakai to the south of Osaka.
Twenty fire engines attended the scene and the blaze is now reported to be under control. Authorities are working to identify the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started in an area of the factory where cycling components are anodised to prevent them from suffering from corrosion and wear and tear. There are no reports of casualties.
As well as being Shimano’s global headquarters, the Sakai facility is responsible for much of the company’s research and development, with the majority of the production being carried out at larger factories in China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.