3M is a company with annual sales of $ 13 billion, over 70 000 employees worldwide who create, manufacture and sell more than 60 000 products in 200 countries. Some 3M technologies, such as the micro replication, are relatively recent. Others, such as our abrasives and adhesives , go back to the early years of this century. In 1925, we invented masking tape to facilitate the painting of the first two-toned cars. In 1930, we invented cellophane tape. In 1948, we entered the health care market with adhesive surgical drapes. In 1953, we introduced 3M Scotch-Weld Structural Adhesives. In 1980, we introduced the now famous Post-it Notes.
Almost all 3M products are the result of combining 3M's core technologies in a way that solves a customer's problem. These technologies, and their imaginative application, are 3M's unique contribution to customers' lives. Just as we pride ourselves in forming innovative relationships within 3M, we equally pride ourselves on forming innovative partnerships with suppliers and customers.