Who We Are
At 3M, we believe the right science applied the right way touches people worldwide, generating breakthroughs that make lives better, easier and more complete. Across the globe, 3M is inspiring innovation and igniting progress, all while contributing to global sustainable development through environmental protection, corporate and social responsibility and economic progress. You’ll find us enabling the delivery of electricity to the world's urban centers, facilitating connectivity for society’s critical data centers, helping prevent infections, protect wounds and restore healthy smiles, and boosting the brightness of the screens in your connected life. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees are applying our science and innovation to make a real impact in every person’s life around the world.
About 3M Singapore
3M has been improving lives in Singapore for 50 years. Since its founding in 1966, 3M Singapore has grown from its humble beginnings with only 8 employees, to a company with more than 1,600 employees and established local capabilities to serve the needs of local, regional and global customers. 3M’s presence in Singapore includes two manufacturing plants at Woodlands and Tuas, an R&D Center at Woodlands, and a Customer Technical Center, laboratory and other supply chain and business operations based at Yishun.
The company serves diverse consumer and industrial markets and is a market leader in many of these markets, which include electronics, chemicals, building and construction, transport engineering, health care, and consumer retail.
3M Woodlands Plant
Built in 1998, this state-of-the-art manufacturing facility produces custom flexible circuits, sintered abrasives, electronic adhesives, surface mount supply carrier and cover tapes, abrasive belts for fine finishing applications, and converts clean sanding discs for automotive applications for customers throughout Asia, USA and Europe. The Woodlands Plant was one of the first existing industrial buildings in Singapore to be conferred the Green Mark Award (Gold) by the Building and Construction Authority in 2010. With its focus on manufacturing excellence and quality, the Plant won the Singapore Manufacturing Excellence Award – Operational Excellence in 2007, and the Singapore Quality Award.
3M Tuas Plant
The 3M Singapore Tuas Plant started production in December 2009 with its first machine producing multilayer, extruded films for solar panel backsheet applications. It currently manufactures products such as solar backsheet films, N95 respirators, optical and window films, and traffic safety systems for customers in Asia, Europe and USA. The Plant has certification in ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 13485 and OHSAS 18001.
3M R&D Centre
With growing research and development work in Singapore, 3M has established R&D centres at our Woodlands and Yishun sites. The focus of the R&D Centre @ Woodlands is on multi-disciplinary research in the areas of smart urban solutions, electronics, optics, circuitry, adhesive and coatings. This enables 3M to leverage our 46 science-based technology platforms, as well as our vast analytical and weathering capabilities. This facility is able to provide predictive and material analysis for many different industries.
The R&D Centre @ Yishun houses a Customer Technical Centre (CTC) and a R&D Technical Service Laboratory. The CTC allows visitors to explore the world of 3M innovation and the magic of 3M's science-based core technologies, such as abrasives, adhesives and nonwovens. Visitors can also learn about 3M’s technologies and solutions in key industries – such as electronics, construction and retail – and engage in interactive demos.
Selected Singapore Awards and Accolades
• Community Spirit Merit Award (People’s Association, 2015)
• 5th Top Private Employer of Choice (CareerBuilder, 2015)
• Top 20 Ideal Employers for Engineering (Universum, 2014)
• Singapore’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers (GTI Media, 2014)
• Green Mark (Gold) Award (Building & Construction Authority, 2013)
• Singapore Manufacturing Excellence Award – Operational Excellence (EDB, 2007)
• Singapore Health Award – Platinum Award (Health Promotion Board, 2006)
• Singapore Quality Award (SPRING Singapore, 2003)
Key 3M Singapore Milestones
1966: 3M Singapore was founded on 27 July 1966 in a small rented office in Trafalgar Street with 8 employees.
1970: Operations shifted to 3M’s own building at Leng Kee Road.
1979: 3M expanded its presence with its own building and warehouse at Tagore Lane.
1999: The S$400 million 3M Woodlands Plant was officially opened by then Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong.
2000: 3M Innovation Centre was relocated to Woodlands, and officially opened by then BG (NS) George Yeo as GOH.
2003: The 3M Woodlands Plant won the Singapore Quality Award, the highest national accolade for business excellence.
2008: 3M moved its operations from Tagore Lane to Yishun.
2009: The 3M Tuas Plant started operations.
2010: 3M Woodlands Plant became one of the first existing buildings to win the BCA Green Mark Gold Award.
2011: 3M was ranked the 3rd Top Private Employer of Choice in Singapore by JobsCentral/ CareerBuilder.
2012: Mr Arthur Fong was appointed as the first Singaporean Managing Director of 3M Singapore.
2013: 3M launched the first 3M Step-Up Challenge @ South East, a fitness & charity program that brings the community together to raise 3M products to improve life for the needy.
2014: 3M launched its new Customer Technical Centre at Yishun as a gateway to customer-inspired innovation.
2015: 3M launched the S$10 million Smart Urban Solutions Lab, a megatrend-focused lab to develop, test and commercialize smart and sustainable urban solutions.
2016: 3M Singapore celebrates its 50th Golden Jubilee anniversary.
To find out more about the history of 3M Company, please visit: http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/3M-Company/Information/Resources/History/.