By David Swenson
Director, York County Econonomic Development
It was an honor to represent the SC I-77 Alliance region at the world’s largest composites conference, JEC World 2023, held in Paris, France in late April. With over 40,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibitors from across the globe, the conference provided an excellent platform to network with industry leaders, gain insights into new technologies, and highlight the potential of our region in South Carolina.
In addition to learning about the latest developments in composites, I had the opportunity to hold several productive meetings with companies interested in conducting business in the United States, particularly in South Carolina. As the state is home to over 900 advanced material companies, the majority of which are owned by international entities, it’s evident that South Carolina is an ideal destination for global companies seeking to expand or relocate.
I had the pleasure of meeting David R. McCawley, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, and it was an honor to do so. It was encouraging to witness the strong relationship and connection between the South Carolina Department of Commerce team and the U.S. Department of Commerce as we work together to showcase the United States as a global leader in composites and advanced materials.
It was encouraging to witness the strong relationship and connection between the South Carolina Department of Commerce team and the U.S. Department of Commerce as we work together to showcase the United States as a global leader in composites and advanced materials.
A key takeaway from the conference is the significance of sustainability in the industry. Many composite companies are now exploring ways to incorporate recycled materials to enhance the end-of-life options for composite products. This is particularly important considering the growth of the automotive and aerospace sectors. As a result, South Carolina has enormous potential in the field of composites, and our region can play a vital role in this crucial industry.