Our customers’ challenges are our challenges.
Using our 46 technology platforms and collaborative culture, we invent products that help our customers solve the issues they are facing in many areas, including health, safety, and energy.
Many companies view Sustainability in product development as a challenge. At 3M, we see it as an opportunity. Science is just science. Until you make it improve the world. That is what we at 3M strive to do every day. Improve every life.
Many companies view Sustainability in product development as a challenge. At 3M we see it as an opportunity. That’s precisely why research and development (R&D) is such a big thing at 3M. Always has been, always will be. In fact, in 2016, we invested $1.7 billion, or nearly 6 percent of our sales back into R&D, an investment that helps produce more than 3,000 patents each year and, more importantly, helps connect our 46 technology platforms to real-world needs and opportunities. The unique thing about 3M is that no single business owns any of these platforms. They are owned by the Company and can be leveraged by any of the businesses to serve their respective customers or markets.
At 3M we have taken an offensive approach, working to identify and understand future Sustainability needs, and to expand our portfolio of products with Sustainability advantages. By embedding Sustainability into our R&D process, our brands and the mindset of our suppliers and customers, we’re able to move 3M’s growth to new levels and advance our commitment to improving our business, our planet and every life.
How does 3M produce a seemingly infinite stream of new technologies that improve lives? It starts with the way we innovate. At 3M we have the freedom to take risks, and learn from our mistakes. By leveraging strategic partnerships with several stakeholders internally and externally, 3M is able to transform diverse ideas and creativity into superior technologies, business assets, and innovative product platforms.
3M employees have made it clear they value Sustainability in product development. In a global employee survey conducted in 2013, they ranked sustainable product development as the top Sustainability-related priority.
3M serves customers through five business groups, which increases speed and efficiency by sharing technology, manufacturing, marketing and other resources across all business groups.
Making life easier and more productive at home and work.
Supplying an array of innovative products that keep homes cleaner, offices organized and buildings well-maintained, our consumer business is home to some of our most iconic brands and well-known products, including Post-it®, Scotch®, Scotch-Brite®, Filtrete™, O-Cel-O™, Nexcare™, and Command™.
Advancing a connected world by contributing to power, communications and electronics.
We turn 3M technology into difference-making solutions for customers in electronics and energy markets around the world. We contribute to reliable sources of power, enhanced-performance electronic devices, and speedy and dependable telecommunications networks. We’re also improving efficiency in renewable energy generation. And our automotive electrification components are instrumental in making the connected car a reality.
From preventing infections to making smiles brighter and food safer.
Supplying innovative and reliable products that help health care professionals improve the quality and efficiency of care, we are a global leader in medical and oral care products, and drug delivery and health information systems. We are also bringing enhanced contaminant screening technology to the food safety table.
From purification to aerospace: changing how industry works.
We provide thousands of innovative products including tapes, abrasives, adhesives, specialty materials and filtration systems to dozens of diverse markets — from aerospace and automotive to purification and construction to general manufacturing. All, with a transformed approach to customer engagement.
From protecting people and information to adding impact to communication.
Our products — personal protective equipment, safety and security products, track and trace solutions and more — increase the safety, security and productivity of people, locations and systems around the world. Also, we inspire creative communication and design with a broad portfolio of graphic solutions that enhance visual impact.
At 3M we view Sustainability in product development as an opportunity. Learn how we collaborate with customers to create products and solutions to help solve challenges.