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Northrop Grumman Recognise Cytec’s Composite Contribution

  • Friday, 19th November 2004
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Cytec Engineered Materials has been recognized by Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Integrated Systems sector as a 2004 Supplier of the Year for its decade-long work providing advanced composites material and technical support for the Navy F-18 E/F aircraft program.

CEM materials are used to manufacture various secondary and structural parts such as the vertical stabilizer for the F-18 E/F. This is the first year Cytec Engineered Materials (CEM) has been selected as a Supplier of the Year by Northrop Grumman. Cytec has been a Platinum Preferred Supplier for many years and has supported their F-18 E/F, F-18 C/D and Global Hawk aircraft as well as the B-2 Bomber.

“”Cytec Engineered Materials’ composite prepregs make it possible for Northrop Grumman to satisfy its military customer requirements using highly engineered resins that maximize component properties and deliver optimum quality and dependability,”” said Steve Speak, Cytec Engineered Materials president. “”We’re honoured to be part of the team that’s helping protect and ensure mission success for the men and women who serve in our armed forces.””

Northrop Grumman developed its Supplier of the Year Award program to recognize the critical role that its suppliers play in creating the affordable, high-performance products that the company produces for U.S. and international customers. The program is an outgrowth of the company’s strategic sourcing initiative, an effort started in summer 2003 to build stronger long-term relationships between the company and its suppliers.

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for a variety of tactical and strategic airborne systems, including the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 stealth bomber, the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, and Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance system; and the U.S. Navy’s E-2 family of early warning and battle management aircraft, among others. It also serves as a major subcontractor to Lockheed Martin on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, and to Boeing on the Navy’s F/A-18 program.

“”We’re looking for companies that provide strategic value through high-quality products, on-time delivery and a general responsiveness to our cost, schedule, and quality requirements,”” said Bob Lewis, director of the Northrop Grumman strategic sourcing teams that selected the Suppliers of the Year. “”We’re also looking for suppliers who can support us across multiple business areas.””

“”We view these strategic sourcing relationships as a real win-win opportunity for Northrop Grumman and its suppliers,”” he added. “”The more consistent and efficient our suppliers become at producing their products, the more successful they can become at expanding their business opportunities with Northrop Grumman. The more value they can bring to our production process, the better able we are to deliver high quality, high performance products to our customers at a competitive price. It’s a team effort.””

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