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3M Canada realigns organization to 5 business groups

January 25, 2013 | By Anthony Capkun

January 25, 2013 – 3M Canada has realigned its structure to reflect the global realignment of 3M Company effective January 1, 2013, adding this will better serve Canadian markets and its customers. The new structure is made up of five business groups:

1) Consumer, 2) Electronics & Energy, 3) Healthcare, 4) Industrial, and 5) Safety & Graphics. In the past, the company had six major business segments.

“The change is a natural outcome of our strategy to increase relevance to our customers and to broaden our presence in the markets we serve,” said Inge Thulin, 3M Company chair, president and CEO. “By building scale more broadly, we create critical mass in each business group to take full advantage of innovation and commercialization opportunities.”

“At 3M, we’re in the business of helping our customers win no matter where—at home, at play or at work,” said Paul Madden, 3M Canada president and general manager. “Here at 3M Canada, we’re excited to be aligning our business structure to the needs of our customers, because we’ll be in a position to serve them and the Canadian markets even better than ever before.”


The newly formed Electronics & Energy Business Group involves: connecting the world’s power grid; enabling global telecom; supporting high-tech electronic devices; powering projecting to share information, and; enabling opportunities for energy conservation and generation. The Electronics & Energy Business Group in Canada is led by John Kosnik, executive director.

The newly formed Safety & Graphics Business Group offers solutions for: providing personal and worker safety; protecting people, privacy, and property; improving performance and productivity of building operations and infrastructure; creating transportation safety and vehicle registration solutions; enhancing viewing and interactive experiences, and; inspiring light and surface capabilities. The Safety & Graphics Business Group in Canada is led by Bill Boyce, executive director.

The Industrial Business Group offers solutions for: modifying, bonding, and protecting surfaces in industries like mining, oil and gas, construction, and manufacturing; improving surfaces from orthopedic implants to fine furniture through our abrasives product offering; purifying air and water, from residential to biopharma and industrial; and, improving the design, manufacturing, and maintenance of transportation on land, in air, and on water. The Industrial Business Group in Canada will continue to be led by Kevin Higgins, vice-president, Industrial Business Group.

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