Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Wales; East Wales; Flintshire and Wrexham
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Computer, Electronic And Optical Products
26.11 - Manufacture of electronic components

250 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 December 2013
Employment effect (start)
16 December 2013
Foreseen end date
28 February 2014


Electronics giant Sharp is to cease its production of solar panels at Wrexham, Wales, resulting in the loss of 250 workplaces. Furthermore, the contracts of an additional 365 temporary agency workers will not be renewed.

The company stated that the plant was uncompetitive, but that it would continue to produce microwave ovens and that additional products may be developed for production. 

Negotiations between the management and worker representatives were announced.

The Wrexham factory has been producing solar panels since 2004. In 2011, the company had announced the creation of 300 workplaces in its solar panel production at this site.


  • 16 December 2013: BBC
  • 17 December 2013: BBC


Eurofound (2013), Sharp, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 76379, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76379.