Etisoft’s visit in 3M headquarters – to get to know and understand each other better
In our partner’s world of innovation
Apparently, a statistical Pole comes across the 3M’s products seventeen times a day, and these are not only the famous yellow post-it notes. In our case, this average was much higher – part of our team had a unique opportunity to move into the 3M’s world of imagination, technology and inventions. Besides – 3M is our important long-term customer and valued supplier of materials, so we definitely disrupt this average.
A visit to the 3M Innovation Center in Wrocław allowed us to get to know better the products and the philosophy of our long-term partner.
What else did we see?
3M’s Innovation Center
The combined forces of Etisoft’s Marketing, Research and Development Department and the Sales Development Department had the opportunity to visit the 3M’s Innovation Center in Wrocław. This study visit at the headquarters of our long-term partner made us aware of how many of their products are we dealing with every day. 3M boasts that there are 55,000 of different products in their offer! Listening to Magdalena Szwaj, who was guiding us through the Innovation Centre, our eyes opened many times. The more so, as the role of guides and ambassadors of the brand are also fulfilled by interactive exhibitions and practical demonstrations. Presented are, among others, 3M solutions in the field of filtration, gluing, foil, fluorinated materials, ceramics, non-woven fabrics, abradants, micro-replication and products providing protection against noise.
How science supports everyday life
So why the reflective foil on road signs works so effectively? Why in modern cars you cannot hear the engine’s noise? How to make an invisible orthodontic braces? A huge impression, on our team, made an experiment where the mobile phone was put into a container filled with liquid extinguishing agent Novec™ 1230 – which is used on a daily basis to protect server rooms, archives, or art galleries. Smartphone survived in one piece – no hurt done. Let us also add, that many of the innovative 3M solutions were born by chance, and the 3M’s R&D staff, according to the innovation culture prevailing there, can devote 15% of their working time to research that is not related to current projects.
3M in our labels
For over 20 years 3M has been our partner and supplier of materials for the production of labels and other self-adhesive materials.
Labels based on 3M materials are characterized by high quality and durability, which is a necessary condition to meet the standards of such industries as: automotive, energy, home appliances and electronics.
Materials supplied by 3M, such as adhesive films, one-sided and double-sided tapes, and foam tapes, inter alia VHB, are used in the production of functional elements used by our customers, to connect surfaces or to protect them.
For our R&D department professional support from 3M experts is a factor that we value and respect.
Let us add that the cooperation between 3M and Etisoft also includes training in the field of solutions concerning labels, applications, industrial tapes and glues. Etisoft’s additional reason to be proud of is a distinction as one of the key business partners of the American company. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of 3M’s activity on the Polish market, we were honored with an occasional statuette in the “Industrial Business Group” category.
Thank you 3M for showing us your philosophy of work and interesting conversations about how science can change for better the world that surrounds us. We are happy that we can be part of it!