About the 3M Group in France
The 3M group in France consists of 3M France and Laboratoires 3M Santé. The two companies realized turnover of FF 5.87 billion in 1995, 31% generated from exports.
3M has done business in France since the 1950s, and first established its registered office in Paris. Soon after, in 1954, it built a factory in Beauchamp in the Oise valley. In 1976, 3M’s growth and desire for space, the proximity of its Beauchamp factory, and the opportunity to recruit locally prompted the company to become one of the first to leave the capital and move to the Paris suburbs, in Cergy-Pontoise.
3M France S.A.
Like the group as a whole, 3M France S.A’s businesses are highly diversified, ranging from office products and consumer stationery to household and municipal cleaning products, abrasive technologies, auto repair products, chemicals, electrical products, electronics products, telecommunications, traffic safety and signs, health and environmental protection, graphics communication, and adhesive technologies.
3M France S.A employs 2,900 people and operates three production facilities, a technical center, research and development laboratories, and two European distribution centers.
The Beauchamp Factories, A Leader in Environmental Protection
Beauchamp is 3M France’s biggest production facility, with more than 800 employees and six areas of manufacture: paper products (Scotch™ and Magic™ tape, Post-it® Notes) printed Post-it® Notes, Scotch-Brite™ products, abrasives, products for the graphics and communication industry, industrial adhesive tapes, and telecommunications connectors. Two thirds of what the facility produces is destined for export to other European countries.
The Beauchamp plant has anticipated air quality legislation, and has reduced solvent emissions by over 80%. Three factors account for its performance: pollution control installations, including a heat recovery and steam production system, a used solvent collector, and a regenerative heat incinerator; product reformulation; and the development of solvent-free processes. The program, which received support from ADEME, won the APAVE Environmental Prize in 1994.
The Tilloy-lez-Cambrai Factory at the Crossroads of Europe Sets the Example for Safety
Built in 1975, the Tilloy-lez-Cambrai factory is the newest 3M France production facility and has 150 employees. The plant produces consumer and industrial adhesives and glues, mastics, covering and coating materials, hollow glass microspheres, and ground marking tape. In 1995, 3M decided to invest FF 150 million in the Tilloy site to install a new line to manufacture ground marking tape and to expand the glass microsphere production line.
Tilloy’s geographic location at the crossroads of Germany, the Benelux countries, the United Kingdom, and France enables it to serve the European market. Twenty-nine percent of the products manufactured at Tilloy are sold in France.
To make sure all of its employees work under healthy, safe, and environmentally-friendly conditions, 3M is underwriting and implementing programs to increase employee awareness and train workers in industrial accident prevention. The cooperation, competence, and watchfulness of all of its employees has made the Tilloy factory an international safety model for the 3M group: three years have gone by without an accident resulting in a work stoppage. Compared to other big French chemical companies, 3M has one of the best safety records in France.
The Villebon Site, Producing Products for the World
Built in 1971, the Villebon-sur-Yvette plant has since been upgraded and automated. With more than 90 employees, it is responsible for making automotive trim and supplies for surface-mounted components used by manufacturers of electronic components. In both the automotive and electronics industries, most of the products made at Villebon supply large international groups. The plant handles its own deliveries in France and Europe.
The Rueil-Malmaison Technical Center and Research and Development Laboratories
3M France conducts its research and development work at the Rueil-Malmaison facility, which has over 90 employees. Multidisciplinary teams drawing members from the Marketing, Research & Development, Engineering, and Production Departments develop new products that anticipate and satisfy market needs. The laboratories and engineering departments also provide customer advice, training, and information services.
The Rueil-Malmaison Technical Center works on abrasive technologies, household and municipal cleaning products, electrical equipment for industry and specialty electrical products, telecommunications products, auto repair products, traffic sign products, industrial adhesives and glues, graphic communication products, and specialty products and additives. The Rueil-Malmaison facility also includes a European adhesives laboratory, which is in charge of research and development for adhesives and glues, mastics, and surface coatings for industry and aerospace.
A New European Distribution Center in Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône
As part of 3M’s plan to reorganize its European Logistics Division, the company has spent a total of FF 318 million on a new distribution center. The new system aims to restrict 3m product receiving, storage and delivery to just five European countries: England, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. This new organization will improve quality and customer service. Operations are currently in the process of being moved from the Gennevilliers distribution center to the new Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône center.
Laboratoire 3M Santé
The product of a 1987 merger of the medical activities of Riker (pharmaceutical specialist), of 3M (biomedical) and Moser (fine chemicals), Laboratoires 3M Santé is a subsidiary of the 3M group in France. Its two facilities, in Malakoff (which will join Cergy head office from January 1st 1998) and Pithiviers, employ 620 people and generate turnover of FF. 1 billion.
Its commercial operations, which are based in Malakoff, encompass three main areas :
- Pharmaceutical specialties, notably for the treatment of cardiac and respiratory disease,
- Medical products, including immobilization, skin health products, asepsis, sterilization assurance, orthopedic product, patient assessment, microbiology, medical specialties for industry and consumer products,
- Dental products, including restoration, mold, adhesive supplies and orthodontia.
The Pithiviers Facility
3M established its pharmaceutical production plant in Pithiviers back in 1967. Today, the facility is also home to research and development activities, fine chemicals production, the manufacture of pharmaceutical specialties and biomedical products, and a customer service department. It employs 250 people. Pithiviers also serves as the distribution center for all 3M Santé products. In 1993, the Pithiviers facility became the European distribution center for all 3M dental products.