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Fire at Shimano Japan
 

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dfcas
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 2463
Location: hillbilly heaven

3/28/18 8:07 AM

Fire at Shimano Japan

http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/hundreds-of-employees-evacuated-as-fire-rips-through-shimano-factory-and-headquarters-in-japan-374394

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 3953
Location: Nashua, NH

3/28/18 12:10 PM

That sucks

At least it wasn't a major manufacturing facility.

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Jesus Saves
Joined: 16 Jun 2005
Posts: 1065
Location: South of Heaven

3/28/18 12:54 PM

I don't intend to sound like a wise ass, but how is it not a "major manufacturing facility"? What constitutes major for bicycle (& fishing) components versus manufacturing say cars, ships or planes? 20 Fire trucks is a lot, plus the fire includes its corporate headquarters.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 3953
Location: Nashua, NH

3/28/18 12:58 PM

That's what the article said

Apparently the bulk of their manufacturing is now in other countries. It sounds like it's analogous to Trek's Waterloo, WI plant, albeit on a larger scale.

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Jesus Saves
Joined: 16 Jun 2005
Posts: 1065
Location: South of Heaven

3/28/18 2:03 PM

When I googled it, to your pojnt, 1st hit is this:

http://www.shimano.com/en/company/locations.html

Makes sense as labor costs (cost of living) in Japan, like the USA, is high, relatively.

Incidentally, Japan is known for making high quality products - no surprise here. However, this is particularly so for its products manufactured and assembled in Japan.

For instance, the button broke on my wife's Sony alarm clock radio after a year or two of light use. It was manufactured in Mexico. My Made-In-Japan Sony alarm clock radio (different model) is over 25 years old, and is still my daily alarm clock.

Another was a somewhat recent discussion here about car quality - how Toyota and Honda are king & better quality over other makes, including Nissan. In the past I frequently purchased Hondas for that reason, but purchased a particular Nissan model, taking comfort in knowing the only plant this (low sales volume) model is manufactured in is in Oppama, Japan. I can cite other personal experiences with product examples, including ones when I lived in Japan.

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equinoxranch
Joined: 16 Jul 2004
Posts: 110

4/8/18 10:23 AM

Such sad news. All that fishing tackle up in smoke.

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