Polymer Industry Cluster

The Greater Akron Region has been a center for the world’s polymer industry for over a century,
and continues to drive global innovation and shape the local economy

Polymer Industry Cluster

The Greater Akron Region has been a center for the world’s polymer industry for over a century, and continues to drive global innovation and shape the local economy

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The University of Akron has positioned itself as a global leader in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and has driven polymers, rubber, and plastic research for decades. Initial research sponsored by Elevate Greater Akron has concluded that a cluster of polymer companies exists within the region. Potential opportunities of collaboration among polymer companies and with the University of Akron can help catalyze large, sustainable growth in the region’s economy.

The Elevate Greater Akron Partners, along with Team NEO and The University of Akron launched the Polymer Industry Cluster Initiative to conduct a deeper examination of the region’s polymer industry and develop a framework to leverage its full potential. The goal of this work is to elevate Northeast Ohio’s polymer industry into a truly dynamic enterprise that is better positioned for strong, sustainable growth in an ever-changing global economy.

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Cluster Feasibility

Thriving regional industry clusters are industry driven, university fueled, and government supported.  With over 500 polymer industry companies located in the Northeast region of Ohio, world-renowned universities, and the support of local, state, and federal governments, the emergent Polymer Industry Cluster leverages proven assets and capabilities to drive innovation and growth.  We believe a thriving Polymer Industry Cluster will attract more talent to the field, accelerate global R&D achievements, and drive robust economic growth, adding over $1 billion to GRP within a decade.

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Cluster Feasibility

Thriving regional industry clusters are industry driven, university fueled, and government supported.  With over 500 polymer industry companies located in the Northeast region of Ohio, world-renowned universities, and the support of local, state, and federal governments, the emergent Polymer Industry Cluster leverages proven assets and capabilities to drive innovation and growth.  We believe a thriving Polymer Industry Cluster will attract more talent to the field, accelerate global R&D achievements, and drive robust economic growth, adding over $1 billion to GRP within a decade.

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Polymer Industry Advisory Council

The Polymer Industry Advisory Council (PIAC) was created to guide an industry-led vision, set of goals, and strategy to achieve on behalf of the Polymer Industry Cluster. The PIAC is comprised of 50 representatives from 35 polymer-related companies and institutions from around the region, and represents the innovative core of this initiative. The PIAC works to develop vision, align priorities, and design development projects to fill gaps in order to help achieve cluster goals. 

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Polymer Industry Advisory Council

The Polymer Industry Advisory Council (PIAC) was created to guide an industry-led vision, set of goals, and strategy to achieve on behalf of the Polymer Industry Cluster. The PIAC is comprised of 50 representatives from 35 polymer-related companies and institutions from around the region, and represents the innovative core of this initiative. The PIAC works to develop vision, align priorities, and design development projects to fill gaps in order to help achieve cluster goals. 

Assess Industry Challenges and Opportunities

The PIAC works to identify shared challenges, ecosystem gaps, and opportunities that have the potential to drive industry innovation and growth through collective problem solving.  These priorities form the basis of the strategic focus of the Polymer Industry Cluster, including work in Research & Development, Workforce, Startup/Entrepreneur Support, and Supply Chain / Value Chain.  The Polymer Industry Cluster is intent on securing significant outside funding to drive outcomes in this priority areas of common focus.

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Assess Industry Challenges and Opportunities

The PIAC works to identify shared challenges, ecosystem gaps, and opportunities that have the potential to drive industry innovation and growth through collective problem solving.  These priorities form the basis of the strategic focus of the Polymer Industry Cluster, including work in Research & Development, Workforce, Startup/Entrepreneur Support, and Supply Chain / Value Chain.  The Polymer Industry Cluster is intent on securing significant outside funding to drive outcomes in this priority areas of common focus.

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Industry Trends

The global polymer industry is determined to achieve sustainability, and the Polymer Industry Cluster is positioned to lead in this effort from its position in Akron and Northeast Ohio.  From feedstock and process, to intended use and end-of-life, we have the drive, technical expertise, and industry buy-in to unlock the power of the Circular Economy.  Additionally, as talent needs evolve in the industry, our close network of employers and education & training providers enables our region to stay nimble and adapt programming accordingly.

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Industry Trends

The global polymer industry is determined to achieve sustainability, and the Polymer Industry Cluster is positioned to lead in this effort from its position in Akron and Northeast Ohio.  From feedstock and process, to intended use and end-of-life, we have the drive, technical expertise, and industry buy-in to unlock the power of the Circular Economy.  Additionally, as talent needs evolve in the industry, our close network of employers and education & training providers enables our region to stay nimble and adapt programming accordingly.

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Cluster Growth

The Polymer Industry Cluster will leverage existing assets and capabilities that make it a global hub for polymer innovations, and catalyze new growth through improving shared innovation infrastructure, generating significant new support for its entrepreneurial ecosystem, and strengthening and diversifying its talent pipeline through outreach, support services, and programming.  This polymer innovation engine pushes the boundaries of the field, and will generate significant economic returns to state, federal, and private investment.

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Cluster Growth

The Polymer Industry Cluster will leverage existing assets and capabilities that make it a global hub for polymer innovations, and catalyze new growth through improving shared innovation infrastructure, generating significant new support for its entrepreneurial ecosystem, and strengthening and diversifying its talent pipeline through outreach, support services, and programming.  This polymer innovation engine pushes the boundaries of the field, and will generate significant economic returns to state, federal, and private investment.

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this work, fill out the form below.

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