Because nobody wants parts flying off airplanes cruising at 35,000 feet, Cytec Engineered Materials, or CEM, makes a variety of adhesives, composites, epoxies, sealants, and ablatives for demanding applications. Typical applications include military and commercial airplanes, high-performance automobiles, helicopters, boats, missiles and launch vehicles, and composite tooling. As a unit of global chemical company Cytec Industries, CEM has 13 manufacturing plants, four technology centers, and several sales offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Its headquarters is in Tempe, Arizona, with European headquarters in Wrexham, UK.
CEM is Cytec's second largest division, bringing in 26% of its business. Its Coating Resins unit it the first, generating about 43% of the company's revenues. CEM's portfolio includes high-performance, pre-impregnated composites and adhesives, ablatives, carbon-carbon materials for high-temperature applications, high-temperature silicone-based sealants, a variety of specialty thermoplastic materials, and PAN and pitch-based carbon fibers.
The company sells many of its products to the military, and is a major supplier to such US Department of Defense programs as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F/A-18 combat aircraft, and defense contractor Lockheed Martin is one of its key customers. In 2011 Cytec secured a contract extension with Lockheed Martin until 2016 that it expects to generate about $1.1 billion in sales. It is also a supplier for commercial aircraft, including Boeing's high-tech 787 Dreamliner, developing many of the carbon-fiber and other composite components that make the design possible, as well as for the Airbus 380.
In addition, CEM has been a leading supplier to emerging markets in China and Russia. In 2012 the company signed a contract to supply structural composite and adhesive materials to a subsidiary of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) for its C919 airliner.