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3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film 480Cv3 Awarded “Best Environmental Substrate” by European Digital Press Association

EDP calls 3M’s high performance, non-PVC wrap film "a breakthrough"

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (July 26, 2013) - Last year's introduction of 3M Envision Wrap Films promised graphics professionals that they could expect more from a non-PVC film. Now, the graphics world is taking notice, with the film recently being recognized with an EDP Award from the European Digital Press Association.

The European Digital Press Association, an independent group with members in 23 European countries, annually recognizes the best in innovative technology within the digital printing market. 3M Envision Print Wrap Film 480Cv3 was recognized as the "Best Environmental Substrate" for 2013, only a few months after its European launch. In its nomination of the product, the EDP called out several distinguishing factors of the wrap film, noting it was "a breakthrough in the market." The Association also highlighted the fact that there is no price barrier to adoption of the film, and that its coverage by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty is seen as valuable by brand owners. The EDP Award winners were announced during the most important international event of the year for Large Format Industry in Europe, the FESPA London tradeshow.

As many professionals are now discovering, 3M Envision print wrap film 480Cv3 and 3M™ Envision™ Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G outperform not just non-PVC wrap films, but all wrap films for applications that demand outstanding performance, including cars, trailers, trucks, boats, buses, motorbikes and textured walls. The wrap film is highly conformable, installs in extreme temperatures, has high tensile strength for faster removal, and offers exceptional clarity, durability, easy repositionability and comprehensive ink compatibility. Graphic manufacturers and installers can also benefit from the wrap film's sustainable edge. Its non-PVC formula reduces issues with incineration as no chlorine or other halogens are added during manufacturing. The films are also phthalate-free and use less solvent, and are made in part with bio-based materials.

"This award supports 3M's reputation as the innovation leader in our industry – a leader who consistently brings new solutions to the market that enable our customers and the industry to grow," said Michael R. Kesti, Ph.D, Technical Director, 3M Commercial Graphics. "The best-in-class performance (conformability, durability and removability) of the new 3M Envision Print Wrap Films in a non-PVC format is a significant technology breakthrough, but more importantly, enables new applications and offers brand owners a more sustainable option for their graphic needs."

For more information, visit 3Mgraphics.com/EnvisionWrap.

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About 3M Commercial Graphics
3M Commercial Graphics helps customers worldwide build brands by providing total large-format graphics and light management solutions. 3M manufactures or certifies lighting solutions‚ graphic films and graphic protection‚ flexible substrates‚ as well as inks used to create large-format finished graphics that are consistent‚ reliable and durable. Learn more about 3M graphics products and programs by calling 1-800-328-3908‚ visiting www.3Mgraphics.com‚ following us @3MGraphics on Twitter or at facebook.com/3Mgraphics.

About the Envision brand from 3M
By inventing tomorrow, today; the Envision brand from 3M is creating success in the dynamic environments of visual communications. All Envision products from 3M are designed to contribute to a winning-business strategy for our customers-one that consists of leading-edge technology, best-in-class performance and has a distinct sustainability edge. By using 3M technologies to unlock opportunities, the Envision brand from 3M is another example of how we use innovation as a powerful force for progress.

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Mary Prevost
Karwoski & Courage
(612) 342-9716
m.prevost@creativepr.com

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3M Public Relations & Corporate Communications
651-733-8914
csthompson1@mmm.com

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