03 December 2013
03 December 2013
Materials Sciences Corporation (MSC) states it will establish a new manufacturing operation in Greenville County, South Carolina, US, investing $1 million and creating 23 new jobs.
Based in Horsham, Pennsylvania, US, MSC was established in 1970 as an engineering services organisation providing research, design, analysis, testing and prototyping of composite materials.
“Our mission is to continuously develop, test, improve and manufacture advanced materials that can be transferred into military and industrial applications of high value,” said MSC’s President and CEO Tom Cassin. “After an extensive site search, we are pleased to expand our engineering, research and manufacturing operations to Greenville County, and appreciate the support and leadership of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and all who assisted in making this advancement a reality.”
“South Carolina has established itself as a leader in advanced materials manufacturing and announcements like this one show that our state is ideal for research and engineering-driven investment,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We celebrate Materials Sciences Corporation selecting Greenville County for their new facility and creating 23 new jobs.”
“Our state is primed to support further innovation in the area of composites,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, referring to the 111,000-square-foot Advanced Materials Research Laboratory at Clemson and the Heterogeneous, Multi-scale and Multi-functional Composites Lab (HMMCL) at the University of South Carolina. “South Carolina today is home to more than 20 companies that are leading the advancement of materials used by a variety of industries, whether defence, automotive or aerospace. We welcome Materials Sciences Corporation to the Palmetto State.”
MSC’s interest in the Upstate grew partially from its long-standing working relationship with Clemson University through involvement in the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programme, which provides federal funding for innovative research. STTR requires participating business to formally collaborate with a research institution, helping to bridge the gap between science and commercialisation of resulting innovations. MSC also has developed a close working relationship with the South Carolina Research Authority’s Composites Consortium.
Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $10 billion in capital investment and more than 28,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.
“Materials Sciences is an outstanding example of a company that is using world-class technology, performance-based processes and a mix of local and national talent to grow and succeed,” said Dr. Bob Taylor, Board Member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and Chairman of Greenville County Council. “This is a technology-driven business with an entrepreneurial energy, and will be a great addition to the business community here in Greenville County.”
Composite products, based on polyurethane technologies from global chemical company Huntsman, are taking centre stage at a design exhibition at the Design Museum Gent, Belgium.
The Brazilian composite sector expects to close 2018 with a turnover of US$ 685 million, a high of 3.8% compared to the previous year.
Web Industries, a precision formatter of flexible materials and an outsource manufacturer, has been awarded associate membership in the prestigious National Composites Centre.