CEM is a company based on innovation that touches many different industries and scientific disciplines. We helped pioneer the field of microwave chemistry and we have long been recognized for our expertise on the subject through publications and awards. For more than 30 years, we have been designing and developing laboratory instruments and scientific methods (both microwave-based and non-microwave technologies) that are used by major companies, prestigious research institutes, and universities around the world.
CEM Corporation: Innovation with Imagination
They need reliable and cost-effective methods for chemical testing, analysis and monitoring.
Process Control - Food Compositional Testing and Process / Quality ControlAnalytical - Sample Prep for chemical analysisLife Science - Organic & Inorganic Synthesis and Peptide Synthesis
From lab to life highlights how our products benefit customers and communities, and why you’ve probably used products that were tested with CEM technology.
From garage to global describes where we came from and how we’ve grown.
Our people highlights the teams and expertise that make us successful, and why innovation is in our DNA.
Our numbers - just what it says, our story, in numbers
From lab to life
How CEM innovation and expertise touches our world
Pharmaceutical medicines - No-one wants to get sick, but when we do most of us rely on modern medicines for treatment. Our partners in the drug development industry use CEM microwave technology to speed up the rates of chemical reactions, allowing faster drug screening, discovery and synthesis, and ultimately delivering better options for medical care.
Health & Beauty – there’s a bewildering array of health and beauty products out there and most of us use some of them every day. Soaps, cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoos and conditioners, creams and lotions, nailcare - the list is endless. All of these products require good manufacturing processes and careful testing. CEM provides tools for compositional monitoring, quality assurance and sample preparation, so you can rest easy, be healthy and look great.
Academic and research institutes – with CEM microwaves in more than 1000 universities and academic institutions, we’re proud to be instrumental in building future scientists and the future of science, every day, around the globe.
From garage to global
It all started in a garage …
CEM’s early steps were in the food industry, providing microwave systems that dramatically reduced test times for moisture detection in food samples. Expansion into environmental and wastewater testing and microwave-enhanced extraction soon followed.
By the late 1980s, CEM had grown to a $15M company and went public in 1987. The ‘90s saw further growth and expansion into Europe, before the buyback in 2000. Today, CEM is the world’s leading provider of microwave laboratory systems, with subsidiaries throughout Europe and Japan, and subsidiaries/distributors in about 60 countries.
The heart and brains of CEM
- >100,000 CEM systems sold
- 20 new products introduced in the last 5 years
- 60 countries with CEM subsidiaries or distributors
- 300 patents held
- 11 R&D100 awards received
- 2500 microwave systems manufactured each year
- >60 scientists and engineers on staff
- 200% increase in revenue since 2001
- 11% annual reinvestment into R&D