3M Automotive Frequently Asked Questions
3M Automotive is a closely knit group of several 3M business units that manufacture and market automotive products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers.
Q. How long has 3M Automotive been in business?
A. 3M as a company was formed in 1902. The company's first sale to the automotive industry came in 1915 when it introduced its revolutionary 3M™ Wetordry™ Abrasive. Abrasives were followed by masking tapes invented by 3M in 1926 to help paint shops achieve razor-sharp two-tone paint jobs. In the decades that followed, 3M introduced dozens of other innovative automotive products.
Q. What products and technologies does 3M Automotive offer the industry?
A. 3M Automotive manufactures and markets more than 1,000 different products that go in or on vehicles or that are used in the manufacturing process. These products are used in the body, paint shop, chassis, powertrain, exterior and interior of vehicles manufactured today. See the 3M Automotive Product Catalog for an extensive list of products and materials available to solve your design, engineering and manufacturing challenges.
Q. What are 3M Automotive's global capabilities?
A. With global sales of more than $30 billion, 3M Company is transnational in organization and operates in over 65 countries around the globe, with 3M products being sold in more than 200 countries.
- 3M Automotive's products and services are available around the world through a network of regional automotive sales and technical service centers located wherever vehicles are manufactured.
- 3M Automotive's products are manufactured in more than 30 plants around the world.
- Research and development activities are performed in three dedicated research facilities in the US, Germany and Japan.
Please see the map and links at 3M Automotive Global Centers.
Q. If there was one word to describe 3M Automotive, what would that word be?
A. "Innovation." 3M as a corporation is often ranked among the most innovative companies in the world. In its 110-year history, 3M has mastered dozens of complex core technologies. These technologies are available to all 3M business units, enabling them to offer unique solutions to customer challenges across the broad spectrum of industries the company serves. View an overview of the core 45 3M technologies here.
3M seeks to help its automotive customers by listening to the tough challenges faced by the industry today and find solutions through uncommon connections of seemingly unrelated technologies. Thus, we seek to drive the power of 3M innovation into every vehicle produced around the world!
Q. How can I best get in touch with 3M Automotive?
A. 3M has a 60,000 square-foot Automotive Innovation Center (AIC) in Livonia, Michigan, to serve our US-based customers. Call 734-953-9300.
For locations outside the United States, check the 3M Automotive Global Centers section of the website, or Contact 3M Automotive by email.