3M Aligns Organization for the Future

New Business Structure Builds Scale and Opportunity for Customers

LONDON, ON, Jan. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - 3M Canada has realigned the company's structure to better serve Canadian markets and its customers, which reflects the global realignment of 3M Company effective January 1, 2013.  The new structure is made up of five business groups: Consumer, Electronics & Energy, Health Care, Industrial, and Safety & Graphics. In the past, the company had six major business segments.

"The change is a natural outcome of our strategy to increase relevance to our customers and to broaden our presence in the markets we serve," said Inge Thulin, 3M Company Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "By building scale more broadly, we create critical mass in each business group to take full advantage of innovation and commercialization opportunities."

"At 3M, we're in the business of helping our customers win no matter where - at home, at play, or at work," said Paul Madden, 3M Canada President and General Manager. "Here at 3M Canada, we're excited to be aligning our business structure to the needs of our customers, because we'll be in a position to serve them and the Canadian markets even better than ever before."

More about 3M's Business Groups:

From simplifying life at home to keeping you organized at work, the Consumer Business Group offers innovative solutions for: cleaning and protecting the home environment; making home improvement easy; and, simplifying organizations and inspiring creativity, crafts, and hobbies. The Consumer Business Group in Canada will continue to be led by Martha Bennett, Executive Director, Consumer Business Group.

The newly formed Electronics & Energy Business Group enables tomorrow's lifestyle today, with power, communications and electronics through: connecting the world's power grid; enabling global telecommunications; supporting high-tech electronic devices; powering projecting to share information; and, enabling opportunities for energy conservation and generation. The Electronics & Energy Business Group in Canada is led by John Kosnik, Executive Director, Electrical & Energy Business Group.

From preventing infections to making Canadian smiles brighter, the Health Care Business Group offers innovative solutions that: enable the delivery of medicine; caring for skin and healing wounds; improving treatment coding, health care reimbursement and hospital efficiency across the country; protecting the food supply; and, brightening smiles with advanced dental and orthodontic solutions. The Health Care Business Group in Canada will continue to be led by Tim Brown, General Manager, Health Care Business Group.

Changing how industry works, the Industrial Business Group offers innovative solutions for: modifying, bonding, and protecting surfaces in industries like mining, oil and gas, construction, and manufacturing; improving surfaces from orthopedic implants to fine furniture through our abrasives product offering; purifying air and water, from residential to bio-pharma and industrial; and, improving the design, manufacturing, and maintenance of transportation on land, in air, and on water. The Industrial Business Group in Canada will continue to be led by Kevin Higgins, Vice President, Industrial Business Group.

From protecting people and information to enhancing visual and design communication, the newly formed Safety & Graphics Business Group offers innovative solutions for: providing personal and worker safety; protecting people, privacy, and property; improving performance and productivity of building operations and infrastructure; creating transportation safety and vehicle registration solutions; enhancing viewing and interactive experiences; and, inspiring light and surface capabilities. The Safety & Graphics Business Group in Canada is led by Bill Boyce, Executive Director, Safety & Graphics Business Group.

About 3M Canada Company
3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing, capturing the spark of new ideas and transforming them into thousands of ingenious solutions. The culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that makes life better. With $30 billion in sales globally, 3M employs about 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. Named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2013, 3M Canada's head office and original manufacturing site is in London, Ontario where about half of the company's 1,800 employees work. Other locations include Calgary, Alberta; Milton, Brockville, and Perth, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and, Morden, Manitoba. For more information, visit www.3M.ca or follow @3MCanadaCares on Twitter.

SOURCE: 3M Canada Inc.

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Media Contact:
Carla McFarlane, 3M Canada
Phone: 519 451 2500 x 2564
Email: cmcfarlane@mmm.com

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