When Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, part of his equipment consisted of 3M products. Nowadays 3M innovations can be found in almost all areas of life, work, medicine and technology. No wonder that 51 basic technologies, 8,100 researchers and more than 117,000 registered patents provide the know-how to continuously develop new and creative solutions: Innovation out of conviction - for our customers. That's why 3M invests more than a billion dollars a year in research and development. After all, only knowledge, experience and interdisciplinary thinking can solve today's challenging issues.