Fire damages Lugang’s Depo Auto Parts

By Kevin Chen  /  Staff reporter

Thu, Aug 29, 2013 - Page 13

Changhua County-based Depo Auto Parts Industrial Co (帝寶工業), which specializes in manufacturing automotive lighting products, said a fire broke out yesterday at one of its plants and the blaze raged for four hours before being contained.

Dark black smoke that shot skyward was visible across much of Changhua County’s Lugang Township (鹿港) as firefighters and emergency teams battled the blaze, according to footage aired by local cable TV network UBN.

At press time, Depo officials said they were still investigating the cause of the fire at the plant, which erupted at about 1:30pm.

The state-run Central News Agency reported the fire likely began at a four-store plating and coating complex at the plant, citing the Changhua County Government’s firefighting bureau.

“The fire caused no injuries,” Depo spokesman Edward Lu (呂理豐) said in a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

“There was no major damage to the company’s finances,” Lu added.

Depo has three plants in Taiwan. The other two are located at Greater Tainan’s Sinying (新營) and Yungkang (永康) townships.

The company also manufactures auto body parts such as side bumpers and plates for the after-market business segment and markets its products under its own brand name.

Shares of Depo closed down 1.46 percent at NT$95.6 yesterday.