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Polymers Center of Excellence


The Polymers Center of Excellence -- Who we are.

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  • 1972 - North Carolina funds plastics specialist within the Industrial Extension Service.
  • 1994 - North Carolina funds expanded "Polymers Extension Program" (PEP), a joint venture with NCSU and UNC-C.
  • 1999 - PEP moves off UNC-C campus, becomes Polymers Center of Excellence (PCE), a 501-c6 not-for-profit organization.


To increase the knowledge of employees, whose work fuels the industry.
To provide timely, cost-effective technical support.
To assist in the development of emerging technologies.
To maintain the highest level of competency, confidentiality, and currency of knowledge.

PCE's Quality Policy

PCE is committed to meeting or exceeding our customer requirements in the areas of polymers processing, material testing, educational products, and consulting. This is in addition to the ongoing evaluation for continual improvement in the effectiveness of the PCE quality management system.

PCE is partnered with UNC-Charlotte, NC State University and the North Carolina Industrial Extension Service.

PCE enjoys a close and mutually supportive relationship with the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), the American Plastics Council (APC), and the Carolinas and Piedmont-Coastal Sections of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

PCE is also a proud member of CARE - Carpet America Recycling Effort .

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This site was last updated on 8/2/2014.