Jobs boost at Sharp in Wrexham

Electronics giant Sharp is investing £35m into operations at its factory in Llay to double the number of solar panels it manufactures.

It's not clear how many new jobs will be created by the money - the company employs around 750 people at the site in Wrexham at the moment.

Deputy First Minster Ieuan Wyn Jones welcomed the investment.

He said:

"We have been working closely with the company over a number of years and have developed a strong relationship with them. We have also provided the company with support for training and developing the skills of their workforce.

"This is a fantastic vote of confidence both in the workforce at Sharp, and in Wales as a location to make and develop high-tech, green products that the world needs if we are to create a sustainable economy."

Wrexham MP Ian Lucas is delighted with the £35m investment in the site.

He said:

"The decision to double capacity of solar cell production is a very welcome boost to the local economy – and it is also a vote of confidence from Sharp for Wrexham and its excellent workforce.

"This is very good news indeed and I am absolutely delighted."