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Experience, Services & Capacity to Meet Your Needs

3M is uniquely equipped to meet your manufacturing and development needs. We use a collaborative approach to planning and execution, customizing our process to meet your requirements. We continually reinvest in new technologies while utilizing Lean Six Sigma processes to streamline operations, eliminate variation and give our customers a competitive edge. With our proven experience, and our commitment to quality and innovation, we stand ready to partner with you to develop your next successful commercial product.
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Explore 3M Manufacturing

Trust 3M's more than 50 years of global pharmaceutical manufacturing experience, and enjoy the convenience of working with a single source supplier, where a vertically-integrated supply chain better promotes continuity of supply:

Inhalation | Transdermal | Oral & Topical | Capabilities at a Glance

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Inhalation Contract Manufacturing

3M understands metered dose inhaler (MDI) manufacturing from start to finish, ensuring that we ask better questions and develop leaner solutions to get you ready for market faster. Offering both pressure-fill and cold-fill for MDI manufacturing, 3M leverages the most appropriate processing method for your product. 3M can provide custom micronizing, or particle size reduction, to obtain particles in the respirable range. Our filling capabilities can handle any size project from clinical to commercial supply.

Get a brief overview of 3M Inhalation Manufacturing Services

  • MDI cold-fill and pressure-fill capabilities
  • Micronization and powder handling technologies
  • Strategically located filling sites with supply and distribution to global markets
  • Globally-compliant facilities that are always audit ready
  • Automated aerosol filling and packaging lines including small-order packaging flexibility

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3M manufacturing facilities in the USA St. Paul, MN

  • Pressure filling capabilities
  • Process technology center (PTC)
  • Pilot to intermediate batch commercial scale facilities

 3M manufacturing facilities in Northridge, CA USANorthridge, CA

  • Cold-fill & pressure-fill capabilities
  • Small to large batch, commercial scale facilities

Northridge Brochure

3M manufacturing facilities in the UK Loughborough, UK

  • Cold-fill capabilities
  • Pilot to commercial scale facilities

 Loughborough Brochure

3M manufacturing facilities in Argentine Hurlingham, AR

  • Cold-fill & pressure-fill capabilities
  • Small to large batch commercial scale facilities

 Hurlingham Brochure

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Transdermal Contract Manufacturing

3M offers a full continuum of services to help ensure robust process design and final product. All our facilities utilize scalable equipment and processes to minimize risk associated with site-to-site transfers.

Check out the Transdermal Manufacturing Services from 3M

  • Finished and intermediate product configurations
  • Multiple formulation capabilities, including matrix and multilaminates
  • Multiple coating and converting technologies, including aqueous and solvent coating
  • Automated packaging lines
  • DEA CII-CV compliant facilities


Multiple 3M facilities at two key locations work together to provide a smooth transition from early development to commercial manufacturing of your transdermal product:

3M manufacturing facilities in St. Paul, MN USA St. Paul, MN

  • Product development facilities that focus on the early stages of development
  • Process technology center (PTC) – pilot facility focused on experimentation & process optimization


 3M manufacturing facilities in Northridge, CA USA Northridge, CA

  • Commercial site providing efficiency, quality, service & distribution

Northridge Brochure

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Oral & Topical Contract Manufacturing

With over 50 years of pharmaceutical manufacturing experience and a major global pharmaceutical customer base, 3M is your ideal cGMP-compliant partner. From our large, commercial-scale facility in Loughborough, UK, 3M can help you resolve your medical and pharmaceutical formulation challenges, assist with regulatory approvals and meet worldwide production and supply needs.

3M manufacturing facilities in Loughborough, UK

  • Commercial scale manufacturing for creams, gels, liquids, powders, blends, beads, capsules & tablets
  • Automated packaging lines with small fill-weight capability
  • Integrated packaging for all dosage forms, including bottles, sachets, tubes, pumps & blister packaging

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Capabilities At a Glance

3M contract manufacturing capabilities around the globe

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Get Started

From selecting a product for your formulation, to selecting the right components, to providing documentation packages for regulatory filings—3M supports you every step of the way. With 50 years of pharmaceutical manufacturing experience and more than a century in business, you can trust 3M to be a solid partner for the life of your project.
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Related Posters, Presentations and Publications

CMO Quality Management by J.Grigg et al (2015) (288.15kb, PDF)

Loughborough Brochure (1.57mb, PDF)

Northridge Brochure (1.62mb), PDF)

Mastering Change in Inhalation Drug Delivery (7.75 mb, PDF)

A Numbers Game (2.34 mb, PDF)

3M Drug Delivery, A Partner to Tackle Market Complexities

Hurlingham Brochure (PDF)

WATCH: MDI/Inhalation Manufacturing Services from 3M (Video)

WATCH: Transdermal Manufacturing Services from 3M (Video)

Reliable Contract Manufacturing Services from 3M (PDF)

Inhalation Manufacturing: Finding the Right Partner (PDF)

MDI Contract Manufacturing (PDF)

Inhalation Contract Manufacturing Capabilities Presentation (PDF)



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