Advanced Materials

Across our five county region, over 275 companies are producing Advanced Materials, adding value to them, or in the supply chain, employing more than 11,500 people.

* Includes both original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers

Combined Labor Sheds' Workforce Metrics

Total Jobs (Annual 2017)
Average Earnings
(1.1% below US Avg.) (Five County Region, Annual 2017)
Job Growth (2012-2017)

South Carolina Advantages

  • 48,000 new jobs announced in SC by advanced materials firms since 2011
  • Roughly 800 advanced materials and composites firms across SC
  • State-of- the-art workforce training facilities
  • Significant research facilities invested in polymer and advanced composites technology
  • 30,000 South Carolinians working in the advanced materials and composites industry
  • More than 1,000 engineers graduating annually from SC universities

Advanced Materials Brochure

Leading OEMs and Suppliers In Region

Omnova Solutions
Chester, SC
Chester, SC
Chester, SC
Specialty Polymers, Inc.
Chester, SC
Performance Fibers/DuraFiber Technologies
Winnsboro, SC
Lancaster, SC
Lancaster, SC
China Jushi
Columbia, SC
Rock Hill, SC
Composite Resources
Rock Hill, SC

Skilled Talent
Research + Innovation + Workforce Training Resources

I-77 Alliance Region Resources

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $600,000 over three years to establish the PNMP
  • A joint effort of the University of South Carolina (USC) and polymer manufacturing companies located in or near South Carolina
  • Research team has developed unique capabilities for synthesizing polymer nanocomposites containing custom-made, synthetic platelet materials
  • Aims to foster innovation in polymer manufacturing through basic research
  • Strives for joint University/industry development of polymer nanocomposite technology for near-term commercialization
  • Implements workforce development through student involvement in research, cross-disciplinary education, and industrial internships
  • USC’s investment in chemical research and development is one of the highest in the nation ranking 14th nationally
  • USC is one of just three schools in the southeast, public or private, to rank in the top 15
  • USC’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has been consistently listed as one of the top 30 programs in the U.S., based on Ph.D. productivity, by the American Chemical Society
  • State-of-the-Art corporate and custom training for the most cutting edge technology available, including courses in Operation and Programming, Electrical Maintenance and Mechanical Maintenance
  • Offers Okuma distributors and customers hands-on training in machining practices using Okuma machines and tools
  • Students come from around the world to learn from industry-lead teams including General Motors, John Deere, Harley-Davidson, and many more

Statewide Resources

  • State-of-the-art, 111,000 square foot research laboratory facility that houses internationally recognized research programs in optoelectronics, chemistry and materials science
  • Internationally recognized for its work in advanced fibers, films, ceramics, plastics, optics, composites and nanomaterials
  • The National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and NASA have all recognized the laboratory’s work and have offered funding to fuel future innovation
  • Scholars and entrepreneurs with expertise in natural and synthetic polymer-based advanced fibrous materials, with applications in the automotive, space, athletic equipment and medical markets
  • Develops advanced synthetic polymers and enhances natural fibrous materials, including wool, cotton and silk
  • Research unit of the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University which is uniquely positioned to support the research, workforce development and outreach needs of the industry
  • Conducts applied research in wide-ranging areas including organic LEDs, specialty optical fiber, light-emitting plastics, glasses and crystals
  • Focuses on application-specific synthesis, characterization and integration of optical materials and optoelectronic structures
  • Created to capitalize on the synergies that exist between the graphic communications and the packaging science departments
  • Only university program in the country with this multidisciplinary approach to packaging as a core competency
  • Houses the only research and development center of its kind in the nation

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