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615 jobs go at Sharp's solar panel factory at Wrexham

Electronics giant Sharp is ceasing solar panel production at its Wrexham factory with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Sharp said it was cutting 250 posts and was not renewing agency workers' contracts - thought to be about 365.

The company said the decision affecting its Llay factory was "unavoidable" given trading conditions which "left Wrexham's output uncompetitive".

The plant is due to end its solar panel production in February.

BBC Wales business correspondent Brian Meechan reports followed by Jamie Owen in the Wales Today studio.

  • 16 Dec 2013
  • From the section Wales