Recognition for 3M Design Excellence Gains Momentum

  Recognition for 3M Design Excellence Gains Momentum

                 3M Receives 12 Awards for Outstanding Design

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- May 15, 2013

As 3M continues to amplify the creative and functional role of design to
enrich innovation across its vast and diverse portfolio, design industry
experts are taking notice. Twelve design awards from various international
institutions recognized the company for design excellence in areas as varied
as workspace, health care, packaging, and consumer products.

Recognized for interior design excellence, the innovative and playful design
space of the 3M Global ...

Recognized for interior design excellence, the innovative and playful design
space of the 3M Global Design Lab provides a creative hub for 3M's design
vision to come to life. (Photo: 3M)

The awards come from the 2013 Red Dot Design Competition (six in the category
of High Design Quality), Chicago Athenaeum’s 2012 GOOD Design (two in the
category of Household Products), Graphic Design USA (two in the Packaging
Design category), Office Products International, and the International
Interior Design Association.

This acknowledgement by peers in the field of design reflects increasing
commitment and recognition of 3M for design over the past several years to
ensure inspiring solutions and customer experience. “As we build upon
capability to connect customer insights with the passion and creativity of our
design team at 3M, the opportunities for impact are very exciting,” said 3M
Chief Design Officer, Eric Quint. “We are honored by this recognition and look
forward to continued acceleration of opportunity to create value through
design and its contributions to 3M innovation and growth.”

With design offices in St. Paul, Milan, Shanghai, and Tokyo, the 3M global
design lab works with both internal talent as well as an international
community of outside experts to inject dynamic perspective into design.

3M Product Winners of the 2013 Red Dot Design Awards (High Design Quality):
Post-it Big Pad  is an ideation tool designed to facilitate collaborative
engagement. Large in size, yet easily portable, Post-it Big Pads serve as a
canvas to colorfully capture thoughts together, encouraging you to dream big
and ignite creativity.

Post-it Full Adhesive Roll  is an easy to use dispenser that allows you to
create labels in the perfect length. Useful for a variety of applications, the
Post-it Super Sticky adhesive allows the Full Adhesive Rolls to stick securely
yet remove cleanly. Attractive enough to sit on a desk, yet small enough to
fit in a drawer, the sleek white dispenser holds rolls in green, white, pink
or yellow.

Filtrete Car Purifier provides a compact and elegant addition to a
well-designed car interior, offering sophisticated and quiet air filtration
technology. This product originated from 3M’s office in China, where air
pollution concerns continue to rise as commuters often spend more than an hour
each day in their cars, stationary and surrounded by fumes from other

3M Kind Removal Silicone Tape  is a next generation medical tape introduced by
3M’s Health Care Business that incorporates adhesive technology with a
silicone base to provide optimal balance of securement and gentleness. The new
technology allows this repositionable tape to be removed easily and gently
from patients’ skin, catering to pediatric and aging patients alike, while
also increasing nurse satisfaction.

The  3M ESPE Intra-oral Syringe, a  single-use solution for VPS and polyether
impression materials, is designed for precise application in the patient’s
mouth. Red Dot recognition highlights high degree of innovation, functional
and ergonomic design, ease of use and longevity.

3M ESPE Retraction Capsule  is an ergonomic dispenser for astringent
retraction paste that allows for effective mechanical retraction of the
gingiva prior to impression-taking or direct restorative procedures. The
retraction capsule is compatible with common composite dispensers, and enables
easy application directly into the sulcus due to its very fine tip.

3M Product Winners of the 2012 GOOD DESIGN Awards (Household Products):
Scotch Notchless Magic Tape Dispenser presents a highly elegant minimalist
design, delivering precise tape-cutting action when you need it most.

Post-it and Scotch Dispenser Line by Karim Rashid brings an island of softness
and serenity to the eye while inviting enjoyable and functional use on any
desktop. Whether you’re in need of a pop-up note or one-hand tape dispensing,
the weighted dispensers bring design to organization. This line was produced
in collaboration with famed Designer, Karim Rashid.

3M Product Winner of the Office Products International (OPI) Design
Post-it Z-Notes “Fashionably Fun” Dispenser Line  offers an attention-getting
apple-shaped dispenser that holds 3x3 inch pop-up notes. With a fresh note
always close at hand, this line of dispensers adds a little fun while helping
to increase your productivity.

Graphic Design USA American Package Design Award:
3M LED Advanced Light brings energy efficiency without the compromise. The
outstanding energy saving benefits of this product are enhanced by 3M Light
Guide technology, designed to ensure uniform light distribution in a familiar
iconic bulb shape.

The Scotch-Brite Printed Lint Roller, available in "Pink Zebra" and "Baroque"
patterns, presents a fashion-inspired line of lint roller products, powered by
Scotch Brand adhesive to help keep clothes free of lint, fuzz, and fur.

3M Winner of International Interior Design Association FAB Award (Small
3M Global Design Lab, created in 2011, recognizes BWBR Architects of St. Paul
and 3M for interior design excellence. The innovative playful design space is
ideal for collaboration and ideation, providing a creative hub for 3M’s design
vision to come to life.

*Product images available upon request

About the Red Dot Design Awards
Red Dot Design Awards recognize those who distinguish their business
activities through design quality, and are sponsored by the Red Dot Institute
at Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, one of the oldest and most highly
reputed design institutions in Europe since 1955. The international jury only
awards this sought-after seal of quality to projects that set themselves apart
significantly from comparable projects thanks to their excellent design.

About the GOOD DESIGN Program
The GOOD DESIGN Awards, sponsored by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of
Architecture and Design and The European Center for Architecture, Art Design
and Urban Studies, is the oldest and most recognized program for design
excellence worldwide, recognizing products that align with a vision to
brighten and enhance society through design.

About 3M — A Global, Diversified Technology Company
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70
countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on
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Post-it, Filtrete, 3M ESPE, Scotch, Magic, Scotch-Brite, and 3M are trademarks
of 3M Company. GOOD DESIGN is a trademark of The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of
Architecture and Design.

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