3M is a diversified technology company serving customers and communities with innovative products and services. Each of our six businesses has earned leading global market positions.
Throughout 3M, our people, products and more than 40 technology platforms are hard at work to improve the lives of individuals and society. Our commitment to capturing the needs of customers and communities constitutes the essence of our creativity and enables us to translate these needs into more than 50,000 innovative solutions touching virtually every aspect of modern life. The world of 3M is truly borderless.
Our Consumer and Office division saves time and increases productivity for consumers and office workers around the world with innovative products that keep homes cleaner, buildings well-maintained and office work more efficient.
We bring clarity to people’s lives with display enhancement films, reflective materials, eye-catching graphics and more, thanks to the expertise of our Display and Graphics division.
Long-term reliable sources of electrical power, high-performance electronic devices, and speedy and dependable telecommunications networks bring people together from all over the globe using innovations from the Electro and Communication division.
Doctors, nurses, and dentists deliver more affordable patient care thanks to the achievements of our Health Care division. We successfully compete in multiple market segments, including medical and surgical products, dental and orthodontic products, health information systems, and personal care products.
Getting goods to the market becomes a lot easier when you have the experience of a global leader in tapes, abrasives, adhesives, specialty chemicals, filtration systems and software for supply chain management. Our Industrial and Transportation division also serves the transportation market with products for the manufacture, repair and maintenance of automobiles, aircraft, boats and other vehicles.
For everything precious in this world, our Safety, Security and Protection Services division gives people peace of mind about what matters most: the people, property and processes that we need everyday. Our main product lines here include personal protective equipment, systems to prevent counterfeiting of documents and goods, reflective materials for personal safety, window films for antiblast security, energy savings and cleaning, as well as maintenance and fire protection products for buildings.
Basically, 3M is everywhere. 3M creativity can be found in your homes with e.g. the Filtrete™ Ultra Slim Air Purifier, but 3M ingenuity is also used on the roads for visibility, safety and brand identity with e.g. the Scotchlite™ Reflective Material on garments or the Scotchprint® Graphics refreshing the outside look of buildings. 3M Technology can also be found in commercial buildings with products such as the Di-Noc™ Self-Adhesive Films, in Hospitals with e.g. surgical drapes, or in libraries with the RFID tags. 3M Innovation enables the industry of course with abrasives or adhesives, but also with the ACCR cable used by utility companies. 3M brings even the future closer with products for high-speed trains, airplanes and even touch screens or mobile projection technologies.
3M delivers this extensive range of products, technologies and solutions to our customers in more than 200 countries and our well-known brands include Scotch®, Post-it®, Scotchgard™, Scotch-Brite®, Filtrete™, Command™, Nexcare™, Vikuiti™ and Scotchprint®.
3M is continuously finding new ways to make amazing things happen. Innovation has always been fundamental to our success. 3M gives its people the scope and freedom to think and imagine because we believe that nothing should stand between anyone and a brilliant idea. Innovative 3M technologies range from the adhesives and abrasives with which we have been associated for more than 100 years, to some life-changing new breakthroughs in, e.g. nanotechnology and light management.
3M has more than 17,000 employees working in offices, manufacturing sites and distribution centres in more than 30 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 3M sales in the EMEA region totalled $6.5 billion USD in 2007, representing 26.5% of the company's total sales of $24.5 billion USD.