Advanced Materials

From its textile beginnings in the early 20th century until today, the Greenville area continues to demonstrate that it is the right place to develop and produce all classes of advanced materials, from optics and shape memory alloys to mesoporous and magnetic materials. With an innovative workforce, significant research facilities focusing on polymer technology, ceramic technology, and advanced composites technology, and a thriving community of entrepreneurs, Greenville supports an increasingly significant cluster of advanced materials companies. Let us prove that Greenville can be your next location for success.



Academic Centers Supporting R&D

Clemson University Advanced Materials Center

The Clemson University Advanced Materials Center is an innovative campus and Technology Park located 30 minutes from Greenville. Anchored by a 110,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art research laboratory containing laser and chemical laboratories, clean rooms, and instrumentation facilities, the Center continues to be a major catalyst for collaboration in the private and public sector, most notably by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and NASA around fibers, films, ceramic technology, plastics, optics, advanced composites technology and nanomaterials development.

Clemson University’s Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films (CAEFF)

CAEFF provides an integrated research and education environment for the systems-oriented study of fibers and films. To control structure in polymeric fibers and films, industries need a complete science base, computational models that integrate molecular information with continuum or microscopic-level models, and advanced visualization tools, as well as a new generation of engineers and scientists with experimental, modeling, and visualization expertise. This center promotes the transformation from trial-and-error development to computer-based design of fibers and films.

Clemson University’s Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET)

This Advanced Materials Center performs R&D on glass, plastics, and ceramic optical materials leading to next generation devices for optical fiber, sensing, defense, and automotive applications.

Select Advanced Material Companies in the Greenville Area

Ceramic Technology

  • Advanced Composite Materials Corp - Reinforced Ceramics
  • Kemet Electronics Corporation - Ceramic Surface Mounted Capacitors
  • AVX Corporation - Ceramic, Tantalum, and Film Capacitors
  • Eurokera - Ceramic Cook Surfaces 


  • Cytec Carbon Fibers - Pitched Based Carbon Fibers, Pan Carbon Fibers
  • SAATI - Carbon Fiber
  • Carbures - Carbon Fiber Structures
  • JPS Glass - Fiberglass Fabrics
  • FitesaFiberweb - Nonwoven Products
  • Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC - High Performance Polymer technology
  • Milliken - Advanced Fabrics
  • Alexium - Polymeric Coatings
  • Sage Automotive Interiors - Automotive Fabrics


    • 3M - Polyester File Products, Plastic Film
    • Mitsubishi Polyester Film - Polyester Film
    • Sealed Air Corp / Cryovac Division - Flexible Plastic Packaging