Advanced Materials

South Carolina was once known primarily as a textile state. While the textile industry is still strong, the manufacturing of advanced materials—including more advanced textiles—has shifted the state's economy into high gear. From plastics and optics to photonics and composite materials, South Carolina now supplies the world's manufacturers with the items needed to make some of the industry's most complex products. Innovative polymer and advanced composites research facilities and an exceptional workforce allow the Palmetto State to support an increasingly significant cluster of advanced materials companies.

Why is SC Just Right for Advanced Materials?

48,000 new jobs announced by advanced materials firms since 2011
$1.1 billion in the export sales of plastics in 2016
30,000 South Carolinians working in the advanced materials and composites industry

"South Carolina offers Toray Industries an ideal location for our next North American manufacturing facility. Here, we will have proximity to major customers, both in the US and in Latin American markets."

Akihiro Nikkaku, president of Toray Industries
$1 billion investment from carbon fiber producer Toray, one of the largest initial investments in state history
800 advanced materials and composites firms
$21.9 billion economic impact of the advanced materials industry

Almost 800 advanced materials companies call SC home.

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