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by Shane Stokes
March 27, 2018
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A total of 20 fire engines were needed to combat a serious blaze affecting Shimano’s headquarters in Osaka, Japan, with the fire leading to approximately 200 employees being evacuated. The fire broke out sometime between late Sunday and early Monday and was reportedly located in the anodizing area of the building.
According to local media, there were several loud bangs from the building. Emergency services at the scene were taking precautions against toxins. Police suspect that a tank containing sulphuric acid may have been the cause of the blaze, although full facts will need time to verified.
It is unclear how this will affect Shimano’s global production and supply.