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Red Dot Design Awards Honor Two 3M ESPE Solutions

3M™ ESPE™ Intra-oral Syringe and 3M™ ESPE™ Retraction Capsule are recognized

ST. PAUL‚ Minn. – (May 16‚ 2013) – 3M ESPE has again received honors at the prestigious Red Dot Design Awards, with recognition in 2013 for the 3M™ ESPE™ Intra-oral Syringe and the 3M™ ESPE™ Retraction Capsule. The Red Dot Design Awards are considered one of the world's most distinguished design competitions, and this year more than 4,662 products were entered for consideration.

In the competition, international design experts rated nominees based on criteria including degree of innovation, functionality, self-explanatory quality and ecological soundness. 3M ESPE's winning products exemplify the company's technical strength and commitment to solving problems for customers through innovative design:

  • The single-use intra-oral syringes for VPS and polyether impression materials are designed for precise application of wash materials in the patient's mouth. The syringes were recognized for a high degree of innovation, functional and ergonomic design, ease of use and longevity.
  • The retraction capsule is an ergonomic dispenser for astringent retraction paste that allows for effective mechanical retraction of the gingiva prior to impression-taking or direct restorative procedures. The retraction capsule is compatible with common composite dispensers, and enables easy application directly into the sulcus due to its very fine tip.

Both products will receive the Red Dot Quality Seal during the awards ceremony in Essen, Germany on July 1.

"3M ESPE has a long history of design innovations that improve the delivery of products," said Mark Farmer, president, 3M ESPE. "We are honored to be recognized once again for creating highly functional solutions that make dentistry easier for our customers and their patients."

3M ESPE has previously received Red Dot honors for its Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive, Elipar™ S10 LED Curing Light and Pentamix™ 3 Automatic Mixing Unit.

For more information about the intra-oral syringe, visit

For more information about the retraction capsule, visit

About 3M ESPE
3M ESPE is a dental product manufacturer that markets more than 2‚000 dental products and services. 3M ESPE dental products are designed to help dental professionals improve their patients’ oral health care. The 3M Digital Oral Care Department‚ part of the 3M ESPE Division‚ aims to accelerate and strengthen 3M’s efforts to lead the digital transformation that is occurring in oral care. 3M Health Care‚ one of 3M’s six major business segments‚ provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice and delivery of patient care in medical‚ oral care‚ drug delivery and health information markets. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products‚ visit the 3M ESPE website at or call the 3M ESPE Technical Hotline at 1-800-634-2249. Products are available for purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors.

3M‚ ESPE, Scotchbond, Elipar, and Pentamix are trademarks of 3M or 3M Deutschland GmbH. Used under license in Canada. © 3M 2013. All rights reserved.

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales‚ 3M employs 84‚000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information‚ visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

About the Red Dot Award
With more than 12,000 submissions from more than 60 countries, the international "red dot design award" is the largest and most renowned design competition in the world. It is divided into the "red dot award: product design," the "red dot award: communication design" and the "red dot award: design concept." The award-winning products are put before an international public in the red dot design museum. For more information, visit

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