Aluminum trucking company AluminumTrax announced late Wednesday that it had been forced to cease operations due to a fire in the company’s factory in China.
AluminumTrax had been operating out of a hangar in the eastern province of Zhejiang since May, and the company was based in the southeastern city of Suzhou, where it was based on a facility owned by the Chinese State Construction Corporation.
The fire started when a maintenance crew used a metal rod to break into the hangar, causing it to collapse, according to a statement from AluminumTraps.
AluminiumTraps has been operating in China since 2000, according the company, and has a fleet of about 30 trucks.
The company had been working with Alumtrax for more than 10 years, but had never before faced such a fire, the company said in a statement.
“We are deeply saddened to report that due to the fire at our Suzhou factory, we have been forced, due to no fault of our own, to suspend our operations and to close all facilities.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and wish to thank everyone who has worked so hard for us over the years to build our business,” the statement said.
Alumtraxes main business is to sell aluminum for construction projects in the country.
The firm has also been involved in building new factories for export and industrial purposes, including in China, where aluminium is used to make batteries for cell phones and other electronics.
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