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Advanced Composites Materials invests $3 million to expand Greenville facility

News International-French

2 Jan 2014

The company that develops and manufactures specialty silicon carbide products and related composites, announced that it will expand operations at its existing facility in Greenville County, investing $3 million and creating between six and 10 new jobs.

The company established its headquarters, research and development lab and manufacturing facility in Greer in 2007 to make silicon carbide microfibers for industrial ceramic applications, including microwaveable ceramic composites for the restaurant and food industry.

With the expansion of its operations, ACM now intends to introduce a new class of larger silicon carbide fibers particularly suited to the energy sector, aerospace industry and users of coated metals for a wide range of applications. Suitable for ceramic matrix composites, metal matrix composites, and high performance polymer coatings, the new products will have the new brand name of SI-TUFF performance silicon carbide.  

The company plans to reconfigure and upfit a portion of its manufacturing space to accommodate the new equipment necessitated by the market expansion.

“Our Silar silicon carbide microfiber technology is now fully embraced by our target markets. Now, the company must expand our production to address new market opportunities essential to achieving our long-term vision for growth.”said Dr. Tom Quantrille, president and CEO of ACM.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $10 billion in capital investment and more than 28,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

“Advanced materials and specialty composites are a key business cluster for the Upstate, and we are always pleased to see a locally-based organization like Advanced Composite Materials grow and succeed here,” said Dr. Bob Taylor, Board Member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and Chairman of Greenville County Council.

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