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Components giant apologises for incident and confirms no staff hurt

Shimano has apologised for the fire that broke out in a factory building at its headquarters in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, yesterday.

The components giant said in a statement: "We profusely apologise to our shareholders, customers and stakeholders for all the concerns and the inconveniences that we have caused by letting this regretful accident occur.

"The fire occurred at the surface treatment area. 

"Workers have evacuated a factory immediately and no one was injured. 

"We are now investigating the cause of the fire."

As we reported yesterday, 20 fire engines attended the blaze.

We have asked Shimano UK whether the incident may result in any disruption to stocks of the company's products here, and will let you know their response once we have it.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.