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About Us 2017-06-02T14:49:10+00:00

WE SUPPORT, MAINTAIN AND ENCOURAGE THE STRENGTH AND GROWTH OF THE POLYMER INDUSTRY

The Polymers Center of Excellence is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization created by the state of North Carolina to increase knowledge, provide technical support, and assist in the development of emerging technologies in the plastics industry.

The Polymer Center was founded in 1972 when the State of North Carolina funded plastics specialists in the Industrial Extension Service program at UNCC. The center, located at that time on the UNCC campus, expanded in 1994 when a joint venture was entered into with NCSU to form PEP (Polymers Extension Program). By 1999, PEP moved off of the UNCC campus and became today’s Polymers Center of Excellence (PCE). In 2012, Polymers Technology Center (PTC) was added for small scale production. Since then, the Polymers Center has continued to impact economic development through education, research and development, and trial production.

Our organization maintains:

  • Injection molding equipment for mold try-out and debugging
  • Extrusion compounding equipment for determination of proper screw profile, ingredient form and feeding sequence, and process conditions for your compounded product
  • Test laboratory for assessing results to enhance the quality, performance, and properties of your products

Need help troubleshooting?

At the Polymers Center, we help clients solve plastics processing problems related to machinery, material, design or procedure. The Polymers Center laboratory is equipped with the tools to examine the problem from different angles providing a thorough analysis. Our team has the expertise to perform a wide variety of tests, and the experience to analyze the results and solve problems. When your in-house resources aren’t enough, Polymers Center is available to visit your location.

The Polymers Center is ISO 9001 Certified

Email us at contact-us@polymers-center.org or call Philip Shoemaker, PhD at 704-602-4101 to discuss your needs.

Information provided to the Polymers Center is strictly confidential.

Our Partners

Customer Testimonials

“I have found The Polymers Center of Excellence to be an excellent laboratory for all the polymer testing we do on our products. They are both responsive and efficient with the work they do for us. Carl Thomas does an excellent job in getting the information to us quickly and thoroughly in his reports. He is always a phone call away should we need him to interpret the data for us. PCE also has worked closely with us in developing specialty compounds for the polymer marketplace. There variety of twin screw compounding lines allows us not only to prototype our compounds in small quantities, but once we have established a working formula, their larger lines suit us perfectly for production size runs. The staff at PCE are courteous and efficient. I would recommend them to anyone for their polymer testing, operator training, or specialty compounding needs.”

Ray Dlugos, President, Ace Plastics Inc.

“PCE has been a benchmark – gold standard partner for Microban International. We have expanded the breadth and depth of our product range four-fold over the last several years and they have been there with us every step of the way. Their expertise, unique problem solving ability, high standard of quality and safety and hyper focus on customer satisfaction are a model for us all.”

Thomas Kotterer, Vice President Global Operations, Microban International Ltd.

“I attended four courses put on by the Polymers Center of Excellence, and quite frankly they are the most practical and useful training classes I have had so far in my career. The instructor, Joe Henz, literally brought boxes full of examples showing well designed parts as well as failures and the causes for them, manufacturing defects, gating and much more. The course handouts contained many pictures and clear explanations, and even today they are some of the most heavily used resources on my bookshelf. If you are looking for a solid introduction to plastics, I highly recommend the Polymers Center of Excellence for your training needs.”

Jeff Wickham, Founder, Medical Device Engineers Network

“For those looking for testing, evaluation of existing plastic products, prototyping and developing new products, the Polymer s Center for Excellence is your go-to source. Their test and production equipment is up to date and functional. The personnel who oversee the equipment are professional and knowledgeable, many having come from the Plastics Industry with impressive academic backgrounds. In a sentence, they know what they are doing! They can and will answer your questions honestly. In the event they do not know the answer or you require additional information they will not hesitate to let you know they find out. It was refreshing to discover such a remarkable polymer resource right here in North Carolina. No need to go to Texas or New Jersey anymore. I applaud PCE’s efforts and accomplishments in putting together such a remarkable facility.”

Thomas A. Hempstead, Quality Packaging Company of NC

“Earth Renewable Technologies focuses on making environmentally friendly packaging products. One of the reasons I enjoy working with the Polymers Center is that they are always accommodating when it comes to doing tests. The Polymers Center always works with us on figuring out solutions by utilizing more than one method.”

Jason Wolfe, Earth Renewable Technologies

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