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3M gets high marks for customer satisfaction across digital and multi-channel

3M has attained high marks for customer satisfaction in recognition of the company’s multi-channel engagement efforts, with particular emphasis on its digital channel programs. Among top consumer brands around the world, 3M ranked ninth overall in customer satisfaction in a recent survey conducted by ForeSee, a Michigan-based firm that measures the customer experience with top brands as determined by Interb ...

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Year-end message from Inge Thulin

Dear 3M Colleagues: As we finish up another successful year, I want to thank you all for your many contributions. I am very happy to say your great work throughout the year has made us stronger today than we were a year ago. In 2013, we accomplished much that will build our long-term success through our three key levers: active portfolio management, investing in innovation and business transformation. For o ...

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3M Germany earns sustainability award

The German Sustainability Award Foundation recognized 3M Germany for its exemplary resource protection. Among the 600 applicants for the 2013 German Sustainability Award, the company is one of the top three organizations in the category “Resource Efficiency.” 3M Germany was cited for setting ambitious goals to reduce its ecological footprint in the entire value chain. “3M considers the question of how to us ...

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3M affirms long-term sales and earnings growth objectives

At a meeting today with institutional investors and analysts, 3M provided an update to its five-year plan and introduced its 2014 outlook. 3M Chairman, President and CEO Inge G. Thulin discussed the strength of 3M’s business model, driven by three key strategic levers: active portfolio management, investing in innovation, and business transformation. These levers, combined with more aggressive capital deplo ...

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3M increases dividend 35 percent

The Board of Directors of 3M declared on Dec. 17 a dividend on the company’s common stock of 85.5 cents per share for the first quarter of 2014, a 35 percent increase over the quarterly dividend paid in 2013. The dividend is payable March 12, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Feb. 14, 2014. 3M has paid dividends to its shareholders without interruption for more than 97 years. Spark ...

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New COE in EMEA region increases competitiveness to fuel growth

A large undertaking in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in 2013 is aimed at achieving more profitable growth. It has entailed creating a new Supply Chain Center of Expertise (COE) in Bern, Switzerland, which lays the foundation for the entire region to become more competitive and improve service and value to customers. “The COE integrates all the management and strategic functions of EMEA’s ...

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“Most Gifted Wrapper” rises to gift-wrapping challenge

Wrapping a full-sized paddleboat with an attached canopy seems like a holiday headache, but Patricia Zapata of Kingwood, Texas, excelled at the task. Zapata was recently named the 2013 “Scotch® Brand Most Gifted Wrapper” in the annual national gift-wrapping contest sponsored by 3M. During the contest held at New York City’s Bryant Park, Zapata and seven other finalists wrapped odd-shaped gifts including a t ...

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Two 3M Automotive Aftermarket products earn top honors

From the Specialty Equipment Market Association to Popular Mechanics magazine, 3M Automotive Aftermarket products are winning industry awards. The new 3M™ Body Protection System was named a winner of the New Products Showcase Awards by SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association. Announced at the 2013 SEMA Show, the event recognizes the most cutting-edge automotive products either on the market or abou ...

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3M Saudi Arabia opens new Innovation Center

3M Saudi Arabia has opened a new Innovation Center at its office complex in Riyadh, a state-of-the-art facility that is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia. The new Innovation Center is designed to help 3M better connect with its customers, potential business partners, and research and development experts in the region. It demonstrates the company’s core technology platforms and showcases how they combine ...

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3M achieves 100 percent on Corporate Equality Index for 2014

3M has again been named a “Best Place to Work” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), national organization. The HRC report, released annually, provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. 3M achieved a 100 percent rating in the Corporate Equality Index based on equal employment opportunit ...

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Revitalizing the O2 program to woo top diverse global talent to support growth

The “war for talent” is intensifying for the 3M Supply Chain organization. “We know we have to step up our efforts to attract and hire top talent. As 3M continues to grow and expand globally, we need top talent on board to support growth now and in the future,” said Jerome Hamilton, vice president, Lean Six Sigma Operations and Corporate Quality. As part of that effort, the 3M Optimized Operations (O2) Prog ...

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New Customer Technical Center opens in Poland

A new hub for building customer relationships and market presence recently opened in Wroclaw, Poland. The 3M Poland Customer Technical Center (CTC) is a resource for Central and East Europe, as well as Poland. Designed around the concept of “expanding horizons,” this facility was created to engage customers with products and technologies relevant to 3M’s local markets. More than 1,000 people have already vi ...

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Executive appointments announced for two organizations

3M has announced the creation of two focused organizations that will build on the company’s strategic capabilities and accelerate its commercialization impact in the future. With this announcement, Ian F. Hardgrove has been named senior vice president, Corporate Communications and Enterprise Services, and Jesse G. Singh named senior vice president, Marketing and Sales. The appointments are effective January ...

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Acquisition boosts growth potential in traffic safety markets

The acquisition of Federal Signal Technologies Group (FSTech) in September 2012 by the Traffic Safety and Security Systems Division came about as a result of listening to customers. “As we spent time in the field listening to commissioners and other leaders of motor vehicle agencies, we realized there was much more we could do for them,” said Dan McGurran, business director, Motor Vehicle Systems and Servic ...

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3M Canada is recognized as a top employer

For the second year in a row, 3M Canada has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada, Inc., Canada’s largest publisher of specialized employment information. The award recognizes employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees. The application process included a detailed review of operations and human resources practices. 3M Canada ...

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Chip Foose visits 3M Mexico to boost new product launches

Chip Foose, founder of Foose Design Workshop and star of the U.S. auto makeover reality show “Overhaulin’,” visited 3M Mexico in August as ambassador for the Automotive Aftermarket Division. (“Overhaulin’” ran for five seasons in the U.S. and now appears in reruns in Latin America, where it is very popular.) Upon his arrival, Foose was joined by the 3M Mexico team for a photo shoot for the popular auto indu ...

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3M named the most innovative company in Brazil

For the second consecutive year, 3M was named the most innovative company in Brazil, receiving the 2013 Best Innovator Award from Época Magazine, a Brazilian business magazine, and A.T. Kearney consulting company, a top management consulting firm in strategy, operations and information technology. The award ceremony took place Nov. 4 in Sao Paulo. In addition to being recognized as the most innovative compa ...

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3Mgives commits $100,000 to disaster relief support in the Philippines

3Mgives has committed $100,000 for disaster relief support in the Philippines. The amount will be split equally between the American Red Cross and CARE. In addition, product needs are starting to be identified by 3M's nonprofit partners. 3M Philippines is implementing a local employee match, encouraging volunteers, and readying products for donation when requested by relief organizations.  Spark 3M News ...

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Rapid growth in Asia Pacific presents more opportunities

Here, H.C. Shin, executive vice president, International Operations, discusses how the formation of Asia Pacific and Greater China Areas presents more opportunities for 3M. Q:  In terms of organizational structure, why has Asia Pacific been divided into two geographic areas? A. Over the years, Asia Pacific has proven to be 3M’s largest growth opportunity. Asia Pacific realized its potential and has attained ...

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Two executive appointments announced

3M has appointed Julie L. Bushman to a new role as senior vice president, Business Transformation and Information Technology, and Frank R. Little as executive vice president, Safety & Graphics Business Group. The appointments are effective Nov. 15.   Bushman will lead all aspects of SAP development and implementation as well as assume responsibility for Corporate Information Technology. The vice preside ...

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