European production of photovoltaic modules started

Production of photovoltaic modules for the European market began with a manufacturing base in Wrexham, North Wales, the Sharp Manufacturing Company of UK (SUKM). In order to respond to rapidly increasing demands due to proactive promotion of solar energy in Germany, in October 2003 a European solar products sales division was set up in the sales marketing company in Hamburg, Germany (Sharp Electronics Europe GmbH—SEEG) and production and retail systems were enhanced to accommodate the increased demand.