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)
$66K+
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
PPG
Chester, SC
Poly-America
Chester, SC
Specialty Polymers, Inc.
Chester, SC
Performance Fibers/DuraFiber Technologies
Winnsboro, SC
Soliant
Lancaster, SC
Makrochem
Lancaster, SC
China Jushi
Columbia, SC
ATOTECH USA, Inc.
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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