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3M Performance

3M is fundamentally a science-based company. We produce thousands of imaginative products, and we're a leader in scores of markets - from health care and highway safety to office products and abrasives and adhesives. Our success begins with our ability to apply our technologies - often in combination - to an endless array of real-world 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. We leverage these competencies to create innovative solutions for our customers and to also provide investors with attractive long-term returns.

Year-end 2015

3M is one of 30 companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and also is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For the most up-to-date financial information, please visit Investor Relations (Worldwide, English).


$30.274 billion
$18.225 billion

60% of company's total

Net Income

Net Income
$4.833 billion
Percent to sales
16 percent
Earnings per share – diluted – reported


Income tax expense
$1.982 billion


(Paid every quarter since 1916)
Cash dividends paid per share

One original share, if held, is now

R&D and Related Investments

For 2015
$1.763 billion
Total for last five years
$8.452 billion

Capital Investments

For 2015
$1.461 billion
Total for last five years
$7.482 billion


United States

Patents Awarded

In 2015
U.S. 565; Total 3,128
In company history


For detailed information on 3M Leadership, please visit Corporate Governance (Worldwide, English).


  • 26 business units, managed under these five business groups:
    • Consumer
    • Electronics & Energy
    • Health Care
    • Industrial
    • Safety & Graphics
  • Operations in about 29 U.S. states and 70 countries around the world.
  • Laboratories in 36 countries.


  • 46 technology platforms, including:
    • Adhesives
    • Abrasives
    • Electronics & Software
    • Light Management
    • Microreplication
    • Nanotechnology
    • Nonwoven Materials
    • Surface Modification
  • 8,300 researchers worldwide; 4,500 in the United States.

For a complete list of 3M's 46 technologies, please explore our interactive Technologies table.

Sustainability Results

  • Prevented the generation of nearly 4 billion pounds of pollutants since 1975 through completion of more than 13,000 Pollution Prevention Pays (3P) projects.
  • Listed on Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 16 consecutive years.
  • Announced sustainability-related platform and goals, reflecting increasing focus on supporting the environmental and social goals of 3M's customers and the communities in which it operates.

Community Citizenship/3Mgives

  • 3M cash and product donations to education, community and environmental programs topped $65 million in 2015; $1.45 billion since its inception.
  • 3M employees and retirees volunteered more than 300,000 hours improving lives around the world.
Innovation Brochure

3M Science. Applied to Life.

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