We have not yet received Fischer Sports’ comments on various press reports regarding a night-time fire that destroyed a large part of its joint venture factry in Ukraine on Oct; 12. According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SES), the roof of a large one-storey building at the plant caught fire at 2:00 a.m. Kyiv time that day The SES units managed to extinguish the fire at 4:55 a.m. Kyiv time. Nobody was injured, however. Employing more than 1,000 workers, the plant is said to be the largest ski manufacturing facility in Europe. Besides Fischer, which has reportedly been using it for 85 percent of its requirements, Scott, Hagan, Rossignol, Alpina, Splitkein and Tecno Pro have also been clients of the company. It has been making around 180 cross-country ski models and 130 downhill ski models per year. Originally operating under the Tysa brand name for distribution of its skis in the former Soviet Union, the plant acquired ski production technology from Fischer in 1985 and formed a joint venture with the Austrian company in 1995.