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3M Center

St. Paul, MN 55144

United States

Phone: 651-733-1110


3M Company operates as a technology company worldwide. Segments The company operates in five segments, including Industrial; Safety and Graphics; Health Care; Electronics and Energy; and Consumer. Industrial The Industrial segment serves a range of markets, such as automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and automotive aftermarket (auto body shops and retail), electronics, appliance, paper and printing, packaging, food and beverage, and construction. Industrial products include tapes, various coated, non-woven and bonded abrasives, adhesives, advanced ceramics, sealants, specialty materials, 3M purification (filtration products), closure systems for personal hygiene products, acoustic systems products, and components and products that are used in the manufacture, repair and maintenance of automotive, marine, aircraft and specialty vehicles. The company supplies precision grinding technology serving customers in the area of hard-to-grind precision applications in industrial, automotive, aircraft and cutting tools. It develops and produces advanced technical ceramics for demanding applications in the automotive, oil and gas, solar, industrial, electronics and defense industries. In August 2015, the company acquired Polypore International, Inc.’s Separations Media business, which provides microporous membranes and modules for filtration in the life sciences, industrial and specialty segments. Major industrial products include vinyl, polyester, foil and specialty industrial tapes and adhesives; Scotch masking tape, Scotch filament tape and Scotch packaging tape; packaging equipment; 3M VHB bonding tapes; conductive, low surface energy, sealants, hot melt, spray and structural adhesives; reclosable fasteners; label materials for durable goods; and coated, nonwoven and microstructured surface finishing and grinding abrasives for the industrial market. 3M purification provides a line of filtration products for the separation, clarification and purification of fluids and gases. Other industrial products include fluoroelastomers for seals, tubes and gaskets in engines. Major transportation products include insulation components, including Thinsulate acoustic insulation and components for cabin noise reduction and catalytic converters; functional and decorative graphics; abrasion-resistant films; adhesives; sealants; masking tapes; fasteners and tapes for attaching nameplates, trim, moldings, interior panels and carpeting; coated, nonwoven and microstructured finishing and grinding abrasives; structural adhesives; and other specialty materials. In addition, the company provides paint finishing and detailing products, including cleaners, dressings, polishes, waxes and other products. Safety and Graphics The Safety and Graphics segment serves a range of markets that increase the safety, security and productivity of people, facilities and systems. Major product offerings include personal protection products; traffic safety and security products, including border and civil security solutions; commercial solutions, including commercial graphics sheeting and systems, architectural design solutions for surfaces, and cleaning and protection products for commercial establishments; and roofing granules for asphalt shingles. In August 2015, the company acquired Capital Safety Group S.A.R.L., a provider of fall protection equipment worldwide. This segment’s products include personal protection products, such as certain disposable and reusable respirators, personal protective equipment, head and face protection, body protection, hearing protection and protective eyewear, and reflective materials that are used on apparel, footwear and accessories, improving visibility in low-light situations. In traffic safety and security, the company provides reflective sheeting used on highway signs, vehicle license plates, construction work-zone devices, trucks and other vehicles; and also provides pavement marking systems, in addition to electronic surveillance products, and films that protect against counterfeiting. Traffic safety and security also provides finger, palm, face and iris biometric systems for gover


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