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About 3M

When we think of 3M (formerly known as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company), most of us would immediately link it with Post-it Notes. But 3M is more than just a Post-it Notes company. To date, the company serves a multitude of consumer and industrial markets and is a leader in many of areas which include electronics, oil and gas, shipbuilding, automotive aftermarket, construction, health care, semiconductor, aerospace, and consumer markets. It has successfully transformed itself from a sandpaper company in the early 1900s to a multi-national conglomerate business today.

The 3M Experience

To achieve breakthroughs is challenging, as it is not the same as merely producing line extensions and incremental improvements to existing products and services. To add to the challenge, the pace of change in today’s markets requires developers to come up with breakthroughs more regularly. So how has 3M managed to cope with such demands? Part of the answer can be found in the process they have developed which enables the generation of innovative breakthrough products and services to be more systemic.

3M Businesses

3M serves customers through six business segments, which increase speed and efficiency by sharing technological, manufacturing, marketing and other resources.

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Consumer and Office Business

Supplying an array of innovative products that keep homes cleaner, offices organized and buildings well-maintained, 3M's consumer and office business is home to some of the world’s best-known brands, including Post-it®, Scotch®, Scotch-Brite®, Filtrete™, O-Cel-O™, Nexcare™, and Command™.
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Display and Graphics Business

Drawing on powerful technology platforms, 3M provides products—display enhancement films, reflective materials, eye-catching graphics, projection systems and more —that people around the world rely on every day.
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Electro and Communications Business

3M technology is turned into solutions in electrical, electronics and communications markets around the world. 3M contributes to reliable sources of electrical power, high-performance electronic devices, and speedy and dependable telecommunications network.
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Health Care Business

Supplying innovative and reliable products that help health care professionals improve the quality of care, 3M is a global leader in medical and oral care products, and drug delivery and health information systems.
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Industrial and Transportation Business

3M provides thousands of innovative products including tapes, abrasives, adhesives, speciality materials and filtration systems to dozens of diverse markets – from automotive to aerospace to renewable energy to electronics.
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Safety, Security and Protection Services Business

3M products—personal protective equipment, safety and security products, track and trace solutions and more — increase the safety, security and productivity of people, facilities and systems around the world.

Culture of Innovation - At the Core of 3M

3M has consistently ranked third as the most cited innovation leader. This comes as no surprise given 3M’s track record of developing smart, successful new products. 3M is a company that has a long-standing commitment to open innovation, both internal and external. Its highly collaborative culture and innovation leadership are essential to the company’s innovation process.

The Innovative Culture of 3M

How Innovation Drives the Company

Innovation is Hope
Innovation is Energy

Innovation is People
Innovation is Connection

3M in Singapore

Facilities and Plants

3M Facility at Yishun handles its sales and marketing operation for more than 5500 products for customers in Singapore and countries such as Bangladesh, Brunei, Myanmar, and Nepal.

3M Woodlands Plant is a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility which manufactures custom flexible circuits, sintered abrasives and electronic adhesives for customers throughout Asia, USA and Europe. The recently constructed 3M Tuas Plant started production in December 2009 with its first machine producing multilayer, extruded films for solar panel backsheet applications. The Tuas Plant will continue to install new equipment in the next few years for the manufacturing of N95 respirators, and optical and window films.

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R&D in Singapore

With growing research and development work in Singapore, 3M Singapore R&D Centre seeks to be a major growth driver and leader in new products and technology platforms.

The focus of the R&D Centre @ Woodlands is on multi-disciplinary research in the areas of electronics, optics, circuitry, adhesive and coatings for many different industries. This enables 3M to leverage on knowledge in electronics as well as vast analytical and weathering capabilities. The R&D Centre also houses 20 distinct laboratories with comprehensive product development and modification capabilities, as well as an environmental-simulation testing site, enabling 3M to work hand in hand with partners in delivering a total solution to challenges faced.

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