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Shimano Inc. apologises for fire at its global headquarters

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Firefighters took more than eight hours to extinguish last week’s fire at Shimano Inc’s global headquarters in Sakai, Japan.

Shimano Inc. has apologised for a fire that occurred at its headquarters in Sakai, Japan, that led to the evacuation of more than 200 members of staff.

The fire broke out last week (March 26th) in the treatment surface area of the factory at around lunchtime. Although no one was injured in the incident, the major fire required 20 fire engines to attend with firefighters taking more than eight hours to extinguish it.

In a statement on its website Shimano said: “We profusely apologise to our shareholders, customers and stakeholders for all the concerns and inconvenience that we have caused by letting this regretful accident occur.

“From now on we are determined to make every effort to ensure our operations are safe and work to prevent this kind of accident happening again.”

It added that following the fire, an on-the-spot inspection was conducted under the supervision of the local fire and police departments. “We have dedicated all our efforts on investigating the cause of the incident.

“We stopped production at the headquarters immediately after the start of the fire. However, we have resumed operations in areas where safety is confirmed.”

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