South Carolina Advantages

In recent years, companies in advanced manufacturing have invested over $1.5 billion in capital investment creating more than 2,700 new jobs in South Carolina.

South Carolina is comprised of excellent resources in the advanced materials industry, such as:

  • significant research facilities invested in polymer and advanced composites technology
  • state-of-the-art workforce training facilities
  • more than 1,000 engineers graduating annually from SC universities

Nearly 20,000 people are employed in the textile sector

11,000 employed in plastics manufacturing

Workforce Education & Training

readySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina™
  • Provides skills and technical training to employees of new and expanding businesses in South Carolina.
  • Works closely with new companies to provide the recruiting, training and workforce development tools and assistance they need to get up and running.
  • Helps a company’s workforce continue to grow by guiding companies through the registered apprenticeship process from initial information to full recognition in the National Registered Apprenticeship System.
Composites Manufacturing Technology Center of Excellence (CMTC)
  • One of nine Centers of Excellence that serve as technology resources to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) under the Navy Manufacturing Technology Program (ManTech)
  • Focuses on the development of manufacturing processes and equipment in a cooperative environment with industry, academia and the Navy industrial facilities and laboratories
  • Works to improve manufacturing processes for composites and advanced materials, with applications for modern DoD aircraft, surface ships, submarines, land vehicles and weapons
Clemson University’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Offers M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Chemical Engineering
  • Strong departmental research programs exist in polymer processing, rheology, fiber and film formation, supercritical fluids, separation processes, energy, kinetics and catalysis, biosensors and biochips, and membrane applications
  • Research activities encompass advanced materials, bioseparations, visual process modeling, and molecular simulation ranging from purely theoretical topics to the analysis and improvement of full-scale industrial processes
Clemson University’s Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET)

SmartState Center of Economic Excellence

  • Research unit of the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University
  • 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
Clemson University Advanced Materials Center
  • internationally recognized for its work in advanced fibers, films, ceramics, plastics, optics, composites and nanomaterials
  • 111,000 square foot research laboratory and technology campus in Anderson
Clemson University Advanced Fiber-based Materials Center for Economic Excellence

SmartState Center of Economic Excellence

  • 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
Clemson University's Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics
  • 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
Clemson University Materials Science and Engineering Bachelor’s Degree
  • focus on Polymeric Materials
  • emphasis on plastics, elastomers, fibers and fibrous materials, films, coating and adhesives
University of South Carolina (USC) Nanocenter

SmartState Center of Economic Excellence

  • 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

Leading Advanced Materials Manufacturers in SC

Albany InternationalBerkeley
Alexium InternationalSpartanburg
Composite ResourcesYork
DAK Americas-Eastman Chemical CompanyLexington
DUER High Performance CompositesBeaufort
DuPont™ Kevlar®Berkeley
FUJIFILM ManufacturingGreenwood
GKN AerospaceOrangeburg
ICI-Innovative Composites InternationalOrangeburg
LifeStone MaterialsAnderson
Milliken & CompanySpartanburg
Milliken & CompanyUnion
Milliken & CompanyGreenville
Milliken & CompanySpartanburg
Milliken & CompanySpartanburg
Milliken & CompanyAnderson
Milliken & CompanyEdgefield
Milliken & CompanyWilliamsburg
Palmetto SyntheticsWilliamsburg
Precision SoutheastMarion
Showa Denko Carbon, Inc.Dorchester
Sonoco ProductsDarlington
Starflo CorporationClarendon
Toray IndustriesSpartanburg
USA Wool, Inc.Berkeley
Wellman, Inc.Florence
South Carolina Electric Coop