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3M Opens $150 Million R&D Lab On Its St. Paul, Minnesota, Headquarters Campus

3M is strengthening its scientific capabilities with the opening of its new, nearly 470,000 square foot, state-of-the-art R&D lab at its headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to company officials, its “$150 million investment will enhance collaboration and technology sharing even further throughout the company, and it has many scientists excited for the future of 3M innovation.”

“This space represents an opportunity to work differently,” said Lee Stanek, Product Commercialization Manager, 3M Aerospace and Commercial Transportation. “Sometimes that’s enough to cause you to think in a different way. Just like visiting customers, you see things in new ways. We are working in a different space, collaborating with different people – we don’t know yet what can happen.”

The new lab will bring together scientists and researchers from multiple 3M businesses under one roof, opening up endless collaborative ways to combine the company’s 46 technology platforms to create new and useful solutions for customers.

As an example, company officials said the new facility will provide solutions like the ones Jagat Singh, Senior Product Development Engineer for 3M Electronics Materials Solutions Division, is working on with his team. They are developing a material to help enable longer life spans and higher energy in batteries.

“I love the design of the new R&D building. It’s an open and inviting space that lends itself perfectly to accommodate collaboration and innovation,” said Singh. “As we look to the future, what excites me most is how technology will be able to provide sustainable resources for the growing needs of global populations, while also balancing our planet’s future for generations to come.”

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