Materials Cluster

From the production of raw materials like polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, PVC and specialty compounds through to the design, development and manufacture of consumer products, Israeli plastics have an international reputation for market-driven quality and flexibility. The country’s plastic manufacturers have introduced high-tech methods to the plastics and rubber sector to produce innovative materials that are advanced, adaptable and affordable.

Over the past decade the plastics sector has enjoyed dynamic expansion. New plants have opened, supported by state-of-the-art equipment, and products have been developed through ambitious R&D programs. Plastic materials are used for applications as diverse as lining water reservoirs and covering sports fields.

Packaging is one area in which Israeli companies excel. In recent years Israeli companies have won seven major awards from Worldstar, the world packaging organization, for innovative packaging. Film processing and lamination have developed into extremely advanced sub-sectors in this field. Israeli manufacturers have penetrated highly competitive markets with specialized products such as anti-static packaging to protect electronic components from handling and storage damage and thermo- plastic products capable of withstanding heat. The industry is also able to produce large and unique packaging items through injection molding. The large plastic crates used in sorting and packaging plants, food plants and production lines are such an example. Israeli manufacturers also offer a broad range of packaging solutions made of other materials including metal drums, aluminum tubes and boxes and cartons made of paperboard and corrugated paper.

Israel’s rubber industry encompasses about 50 manufacturers including Alliance tires which accounts for about 65% of rubber exports. Total rubber exports amount to about $220 million each year. With more than 20,000 employees, the plastic, rubber and packaging industry is one of Israel’s fastest growing sectors. Exports amount to about $2 billion each year and an additional $200 million in raw materials. Nearly half of these exports are sold to the European Union and 25% to North America.

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Advanced manufacturing requires advanced materials, and South Carolina has a strong natural fiber knowledge base, a strong textile base, and a solid composites base.
The Upstate of South Carolina is uniquely positioned with Upstate manufacturers in the healthcare, plastics, automotive, advanced textiles, photonics, and composite industries. The Clemson University Advanced Materials Center is part of an innovative campus and technology park located in Upstate South Carolina.Anchored by a state-of-the-art research facility, the Center continues to be a major catalyst for collaboration in the private and public sector.Learn more about what our partners at the Upstate Alliance are doing to target the advanced materials industry.

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