Suntech Appropriate Technology Ltd was founded in 1993 by Laureijs and Gerda Smulders. Whilst teaching in Zimbabwe Laureijs was manufacturing solar geyers and solar cookers with his students. From there the idea was born to start a solar company.
Together with Marko Donga they started a small manufacturing company in solar geysers and cookers in Kafue. A few months later the company started designing photovoltaic systems for customers. The company slowly started growing and after a few years the company moved its offices to the capital city, Lusaka as to be closer to the public.