West Virginia has a long history as a pioneer and leader in the chemical and advanced material industries. Not only does the state have a large base of specialty chemical companies, many of which have specialized facilities and infrastructure, but West Virginia’s metals and alloys industry sector is globally competitive, producing high value-added materials and positioned to play an important role in the state’s economy. Furthermore, West Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Research Technology and Innovation Center (MATRIC) is leveraging the expertise of ex-Dow employees to create new companies and launch new products, while the West Virginia Regional Technology Park represents a signature asset for the state to leverage moving forward.
Given this, TechConnectWV recognizes that there are multiple opportunities in research and development (R&D) and technology development applications related to both traditional and innovative chemicals and materials technologies. TCWV’s Chemicals and Advanced Materials (CAM) Sector is comprised of a diverse set of materials — including, for example, engineered wood products, specialized secondary metals and alloys, polymers, specialty chemicals, and other specialty materials. Chief among the goals of this sector are to increase value-added economic activity based on chemicals and materials resources, including: (1) high-value materials from carbon-based chemicals and products, (2) alternative energy and fuels, (3) aerospace, energy, and high-temperature applications, (4) environmental mitigation products, and (5) advanced technologies for high-value-added specialty products.
There are a variety of opportunities and reasons for TechConnectWV’s focus on the CAM cluster: