3M : Going Beyond Scotch Tape

Founded in 1902, 3M is an international conglomerate with highly diversified products and services. The company began as a mineral mine for grinding wheel abrasives but expanded rapidly after a series of innovations. Some of 3M’s early milestones include: the world’s first waterproof sandpaper in the 1920s, the invention of masking tape in 1925, Scotchlite™ Reflective Sheeting for highways in the 1940s, Scotch-Brite™ cleaning sponges in the 1950s, Neil Armstrong’s Fluorel™ synthetic rubber boots used to walk on the moon in 1969, and the invention of Post-it® Notes in 1980, to name just a few. Originally called the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, the company officially changed its name to 3M in 2002.Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, 3M has five primary business groups: industrial (34% of revenue), safety and graphics (18.3%), electronics and energy (17.5%), health care (17.3%), and consumer (14.4%).

As of 2013, the company boasts operations in 70 countries, a global workforce of 88,667 strong (of which approximately 8,400 are researchers), 3,330 international patents, and a revenue of nearly $31 billion. 3M’s industrial group services the aerospace and aircraft markets, offering materials products that improve the efficiency and resiliency of aircraft. The company’s AS9100C-, ISO 9001:2008-, and NADCAP-certified technologies include surface protections, aerospace sealants, structural adhesives, and thermal acoustic systems. 3M’s sealants and low-density void-filling compounds help make aircraft lighter, protects against abrasion, erosion and corrosion, and restores optical clarity. Their flame-retardant acoustic and thermal insulation systems diminishes excess noise.

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