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Who We Are

3M is fundamentally a science and technology based company. We produce thousands of imaginative products, and we're a leader in scores of markets - from consumer, safety & graphics, electronics and energy, healthcare and industrial. Our success is built on our ability to pioneer new technologies and apply them in new ground breaking ways, often in combination to and endless array of customer needs. Of course, all of this is made possible by the people of 3M and their singular commitment to make life easier and better for people around the world.



Our Values

  • Act with uncompromising honesty and integrity in everything we do.
  • Satisfy our customers with innovative technology and superior quality, value and service.
  • Provide our investors an attractive return through sustainable, global growth.
  • Respect our social and physical environment around the world.
  • Value and develop our employees' diverse talents, initiative and leadership.
  • Earn the admiration of all those associated with 3M worldwide.

3M at a Glance (Year-end 2013)

  • Global sales: $30.8 billion.
  • International (non-US) sales: $19.7 billion (64 per cent of company's total).
  • Operations in more than 70 countries.
  • 3M products sold in nearly 200 countries.   
  • 88,667 employees globally. 
  • 2013 3Mgives cash and product donations totaled $60.2 million.

3M Facts 2013 (pdf 32k)

3M in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa

  • 3M South Africa was established in 1953 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the 3M Company.
  • Approximately 220 employees in the region (South Africa & SADC)
  • Head office in Woodmead, Johannesburg and sales offices located in Cape Town & Durban
  • Manufacturing Facility : Maple Park, Pomona, Johannesburg
    • Local Manufacturing for: Personal Safety Division, Industrial, Electrical Markets Division, Medical & Consumer Products & local product development for Electrical Markets Division
  • 3M South Africa is the largest 3M subsidiary in Africa.
  • Approx 7,800 products sold in South Africa.
  • The company's products are supplied through a wide network of distributors that service the different market segments.
  • Opened our Customer Innovation Centre in August, 2013

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