The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) is a public-private operating alliance of state supported programs that work together to enhance the performance of the state’s small-to-medium size manufacturers.

The Polymers Center is joined by partners from the North Carolina Community College System, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), the Manufacturing Solutions Center, North Carolina A&T University and NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES). IES is administrator for the alliance.

Through combined resources and collaboration efforts, we provide solutions and services that help clients:

  • Save time and energy
  • Improve productivity
  • Increase sales
  • Improve profits
  • Create and retain jobs

NCMEP partners leverage public funds and private investments to provide technology-based resources and expertise to improve, promote and connect industry through experts and tools in:

  • Technology acceleration
  • Product development and testing
  • Expansion assistance
  • International trade
  • Process optimization
  • Business growth and innovation
  • Quality systems
  • Workforce training and development
Society of Plastics Engineers

NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) is the engineering-based, solutions-driven, client-focused extension unit of NC States College of Engineering. Their broad portfolio and deep industry expertise help organizations grow, innovate and prosper.

IES’s extensive partnerships with business, industry, education and government generate a unique culture of collaboration that provides access to cutting-edge, research and technology.

IES serve clients at every level of their organization, no matter what the challenge. They focus on delivering practical and enduring results and equipping clients to grow and lead. Since 2000, IES-led NCMEP efforts have resulted in $2.9 billion in economic benefit to the State of North Carolina.

IES offers a broad range of assessments, a portfolio of solutions and expertise in many industry sectors.

Society of Plastics Engineers

The objective of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is to promote the scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics. It’s mission is to represent all types of professionals involved in the plastics field from student to retired professional, providing and promoting scientific and engineering knowledge related to plastics around the world.

SPE is the leading technical society for the global plastics industry. It is a community of individuals involved in the technical and commercial aspects of the plastics and polymer industry. It is a place where individuals can interact, learn and develop skills to meet their personal and professional goals. This community fosters technical innovation and industry competitiveness through scientific development and commercialization.

With over 22,500+ members from 84 different countries, SPE is the largest, most well-known plastics professional society in the world. For over 75 years, we are the “go to” place for technical information, training, networking and knowledge sharing for plastics professionals who want to advance their knowledge and their careers.

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