3M (US)

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Diversified science & technology developer 3M is probably best known for everyday consumer and office products such as Post-It notes, Scotch Tape or Scotch-Brite (and numerous other Scotch-branded adhesive products). However the group derives the bulk of its revenues from industrial coatings, adhesives and dressings for a vast range of other sectors from electrical engineering to healthcare solutions, and from occupational safety products to automobile and aircraft manufacturing. It was founded in 1902 as Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing to make sandpaper, and didn't officially change its name to 3M until 2002, although that acronym had already been in informal use for many years. The key development in the company's history was the invention of masking tape in 1925, initially for use when painting automobile bodywork. That led to the introduction of cellophane Scotch Tape five years later, and other adhesive products. According to legend, the brand name Scotch was conceived because the tape was only lightly - or "stingily" - coated with adhesive so it could be easily removed. Post-It notes were introduced in 1980. Group revenues for 2014 reached a record $31.8bn, but have slipped back since then, settling at $30.1bn for 2016. The consumer & office division contributed $4.5bn. More than 60% of revenues are generated outside the US. Inge Thulin succeeded George Buckley as CEO in 2012. Adbrands does not currently offer a business profile for this company but subscribers may access account assignments and contact information. The searchable account assignments database is available to full subscribers to Adbrands.net premium services. Click here to access Adbrands account assignments (subscribers only); or see here for information on how to subscribe.

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Capsule checked 19th October 2017


Recent stories from Adbrands Weekly Update:

Adbrands Weekly Update 24th Nov 2016: Biggest new review was a similar parting of the ways between 3M and longtime partner Grey. 3M is seeking a new agency to handle global campaigns for Scotch Tape, Post-It notes and its other consumer products.

Adbrands Weekly Update 28th Jul 2016: Ads of the Week "Jump". Grey New York's sweet new campaign for 3M's Post-It notes - the first for more than three years - comes up with an imaginative way to sell the benefits of the product. It's not just a stationery item; it's an inspirational sporting achievement tool as well. Cute idea.


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