Plans for a New Customer Technical Center Unveiled
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 20, 2015--
3M has set its sights on expanding in the West Region of China. Inge
Thulin, 3M’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, debuted
plans last week for the new West Region Technical Center in Chengdu, one
of the largest growing cities for technology and innovation in western
Inge Thulin, 3M chairman, president and chief executive officer, delivers a speech at the Customer Technical Center unveiling ceremony. (Photo: 3M)
“We will double down on our investment in Chengdu. Our new technical
center will strengthen our relationship with local customers and allow
3M science to continue solving problems and improving lives across
China,” said Thulin.
The science-based company has opened approximately 50 customer technical
centers around the world, allowing customers to experience how the
company’s science-based solutions can work for them. The West Region
Technical Center will be strategically placed in a technology park in
Chengdu, giving 3M access to the city’s geographical advantages and
enormous market potential.
“As a part of our strategic deployment, the regional headquarters and a
technical center will solidify our investment in Chengdu and drive
strong regional growth,” said Jim McSheffrey, 3M’s vice president of the
Greater China Area. “‘China for China’ further drives successful
localization and represents the long-lasting commitment of 3M to the
Thulin joined McSheffrey, along with local dignitaries and business
partners for the unveiling of the plan in Chengdu. Following the
announcement, 3M demonstrated the power of its innovation with a
technology summit titled Innovation Energizing Chengdu, Technology
Sparking the Future. The summit showcased 3M’s cutting-edge
technologies across multiple business platforms such as healthcare,
electronics, transportation and local megatrends.
3M became the first wholly-owned foreign-invested enterprise in China in
1984 and has since invested more than $1 billion in the country. 3M
China has now grown to more than 11 sites and 8,000 employees.
The customer technical center is set to open in November of this year.
For more information about the investment see "Inspiring
Innovation in China" at 3M.com/newsroom.
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