3M Worldwide

3M - History

Founded back in 1902 under the name Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, later renamed to 3M. At first the company’s aim was to mine corundum from which they would manufacture different types of abrasives.

Later on 3M established itself, without a doubt, as a leader in the manufacturing of innovative products and technologies. 3M’s success began with the patent of the waterproof Wetordry™ sandpaper. The new technology they created, eliminated the clouds of dust which other sandpapers create. That marked the beginning of a numerous life changing products, like the first scotch tape Scotch®, the first reflective film, the first

sun control film, the first car wrap film.

Despite its big variety of films, adhesives and double-sided tapes, 3M innovate with different products in many other industries such as: sticky notes Post-it® , the scouring pads Scotch-Brite®, the health care product Nexcare™, and many others.

3M's Fundamental strengths

Ability to share and combine elements of 3M’s broad technology to produce unique product.
Using new technologies to create high-performing products.
Care for the effective development, adaptation, commercialization of products.
Brand equity in the 3M brand family.
McKnight Principles

As out business grows, it becomes increasingly necessary to delegate responsibility and to encourage men and women to exercise their initiative.

Mistakes will be made. But if a person is essentially right, the mistakes he or she makes are not as serious in the long run as the mistakes management will make if it undertakes to tell those in authority exactly how they must do their jobs.”

Hire good people and leave them alone.”

William McKnight - CEO of 3M 1929-1949

William McKnight
CEO of 3M (1929-1949)

3M Today

Over 100 years old, 3M has more than 90 000 employees, 54 innovation centers worldwide, 8,500 scientists and researchers, 46 technology platforms and over 100 000 patents. The company manufactures more than 50,000 products yearly, and adds 1,000 completely new products every year. Products, manufactured in the last 5 years, generate 46% of their income.

Partners Ltd. is an official distributor of 3M in Bulgaria. The company offers a wide range of 3M products such as: commercial graphics films, full and detail car wrap films, architectural films, sun control windows films, as well as products for industrial solutions in many different industries. Find all the 3M products you need in Partners!


Scientists and Research workers worldwide


Patents per year


Countries with Labs


Innovation Centers


Technology platform

1.7 billion

Invested in Research and Development

3M - Pioneers in almost every industry

  • Automotive
  • Design & Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Commercial solutions
  • Electronics
  • Mining, Oil & Gas
  • Communications
  • Energy
  • Safety
  • Consumer
  • Health care
  • Transportation

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As an authorized distributor of 3M for Bulgaria, Partners Ltd. offers a wide range of products for advertising graphics, instruments, double-sided tapes and adhesives.

3М - Innovation and leadership