South Carolina

Silcotech Expands Operations

Canada's Silcotech specializes in technologically advanced liquid injection molding solutions for a number of industries including medical, healthcare, automotive, packaging, consumer electronics and consumer markets. The company provides turn-key solutions for simple to complex high volume liquid injection molding manufacturing projects in a clean room environment.

Silcotech celebrated its U.S. expansion with the opening of a new facility in York County. The facility employs 40 workers who make precision silicone parts. To date, the company has invested $6 million in its York operations.

Bottlecap Joint Venture

Canada-based Bericap North America, a joint venture between Bericap Group of Germany and Australia-based Amcor, found a home in Cherokee County.

Bericap, a specialty plastics maker, is known worldwide as a manufacturer of plastic caps and closures for the beverage, food and non-food markets. The company offers a wide range of products specializing in caps for carbonated products, water, syrups and milk to 1- and 2-piece tamper evidence caps and closures for both food and non-food products.

Bericap was the first company to invest in the development of Cherokee County's Upstate Corporate Park. Bericap expanded the original plant with a $29 million, 90,000 square foot facility

Jim Cook, director of the Cherokee County Development Board, said Bericap's investment was the county's largest economic development project, when launched in 2013. Bericap's South Carolina operations employ nearly 100 local workers and revenue from the Upstate Corporate Park benefits both Spartanburg and Cherokee.

South Carolina–Canada trade

  • South Carolina exports to Canada: $3.5 billion
  • South Carolina imports from Canada: $2.9 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $6.4 billion
  • South Carolina services exports to Canada: $473 million

South Carolina–Canada tourism

  • South Carolina visits by Canadians: 753,500
  • South Carolina vacation spending by Canadians: $335 million

South Carolina’s top goods exports to Canada

  • Automobiles: $650 million
  • Rubber & rubber articles: $487 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $257 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $176 million
  • Heating, cooling & refrigeration equipment: $98 million

South Carolina’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Rubber & rubber articles: $470 million
  • Wood pulp: $215 million
  • Aircraft parts: $202 million
  • Organic chemicals: $181 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $175 million

South Carolina exports to Canada by industry

  • Transportation (29%)
  • Equipment & machinery (26%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (19%)
  • Minerals & metals (7%)
  • Chemicals (5%)
  • Apparel & textiles (5%)
  • Other (9%)

South Carolina imports from Canada by industry

  • Plastics & rubbers (21%)
  • Forest products (15%)
  • Transportation (15%)
  • Equipment & machinery (12%)
  • Minerals & metals (10%)
  • Chemicals (9%)
  • Other (17%)

South Carolina Jobs

  • 165,300 South Carolina jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

South Carolina top services exports to Canada

  • Business, professional & technical services: $95 million
  • Royalties: $39 million
  • Financial services: $19 million
  • Insurance: $11 million
  • Telecommunications: $3 million

Highlights

  • 165,300 jobs in South Carolina depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Total Canada–South Carolina goods trade: $6.4 billion

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For more information on South Carolina’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Atlanta.

February 2017
Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2016 data in U.S. dollars. Statistics Canada: 2014 tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (8/2016 release, US$1.00=C$1.1045). U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canada’s export ranking (2/2017 release). U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: goods and services trade (3/2016 release). Trade Partnership: 2015 services trade (1/2017 release). Job numbers are from a study commissioned by the Government of Canada (11/2014 release, 2013 data). Figures may not add up due to rounding. Produced by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.