Economy Minister Edwina Hart says the announcement of job losses at Sharp's Wrexham factory is "very worrying" so close to Christmas.
This announcement is obviously very worrying news for the company's employees and their families, especially coming just a week before Christmas.
Severe competition in the UK and European solar markets, combined with wider financial pressures have force the company to take this difficult decision at this time. Sharp has stated its current solar operation in Wrexham is unsustainable but has told us they will be investigating additional products for development at the site.
Welsh Government officials will be exploring all potential options to support the site and in the meantime we and our partners will do all we can to support those who are facing redundancy.
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