According to multiple news reports
, a fire broke out at Shimano's manufacturing facility in Sakai, Japan, on the afternoon of March 26th, forcing the evacuation of 200 employees. No injuries were reported, and more than 20 fire engines responded to the call. The fire is said to have started in the section of the factory where anodizing takes place.
As one of the world's largest cycling components manufacturers, Shimano operates factories throughout Asia, including location in Malaysia and China. Shimano has yet to release an official statement, but when that time comes this story will be updated with any additional information that emerges.