Important Announcement

As of June 1, 2016, Akron Polymer Training Center (APTC) and Applied Polymer Research Center (APRC) have merged. The combined centers will go forward together under the name Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS).

At Akron Polymer Technology Services, our mission is to advance all sectors of the polymer industry through the delivery of training, testing, and processing services that enrich learning and optimize industrial performance. Services are enhanced by the capabilities within The University of Akron and by developing domestic and international partnerships with business, industry, community, and other institutions of higher education.

We will keep you updated during the integration. Please go to our website at for additional information about APTS.

Applied Polymer Research Center

The Applied Polymer Research Center (APRC) is a contract services facility operated by The University of Akron's College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. We have been serving the industrial community, especially rubber and plastics, for over 50 years.

The Center currently performs 300-400 projects a year, under complete confidentiality to the client. Projects are generally initiated and completed under a purchase order agreement.

With a full-time professional staff, and a half-million dollar inventory of modern instrumentation, the Center is dedicated to performing sophisticated and timely contractual technical services for industrial and government clients. In addition to dedicated resources maintained by the Center, the laboratory has access to highly sophisticated instrumentation through the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, and will interface with a staff of over 30 highly specialized faculty to solve more complex polymer related problems.

Our goal is to test your materials and provide analysis of the data that is meaningful to your business. Give us a call and we will discuss your needs!