St. Paul, Minnesota/USA
YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1902
REVENUE: $2.4 billion (2014: $2.3 billion)
• Adhesives and sealants
• Pipe coatings
Inge G. Thulin, chairman, CEO and president; Julie Bushman, senior VP, business transformation and information technology; Nicolas Gangestad, senior VP and CFO; Paul Keel, senior VP supply chain; Ashish Khandpur, senior VP, R&D and CTO Jon Kindekugel, senior VP, business development and marketing sales.
3M Company is an American multinational conglomerate corporation. 3M employs 88,000 people worldwide and produces more than 55,000 products, including: adhesives, abrasives, laminates and passive fire protection. 3M has operations in more than 65 countries including 29 international companies with manufacturing operations and 35 companies with laboratories. 3M products are available for purchase through distributors and retailers in more than 200 countries, and online directly from the company.
3M and the Minnesota Vikings have just announced a 10-year agreement naming 3M the Official Science Partner of the team. The stadium builders and architects used more than 50 3M products, including graphic films and architectural finishes, throughout the stadium.
One of the cool science-based 3M products – Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene polymer (ETFE) – is extruded to a clear, lightweight film used on the roof panels. It lends the stadium the best of both worlds – protecting players and fans from the elements while letting in sunlight for an open-air feel. It has only a fraction of the weight of glass, is flexible, and has non-stick properties that encourage the snow to slide right off, especially helpful in Minnesota.
The stadium’s 248,000 square-foot roof is covered by 75 three-layer ETFE film cushions, making it the first – and largest – stadium in the U.S. to use a ETFE roof. The film is designed with a geometric print pattern which scatters the sunlight and prevents a greenhouse effect in summer, but protects fans from frigid temperatures in the winter. It is also only approximately five percent of the weight of glass.