01 August 2017

Gauteng Member Group showcases the Science of Innovation with 3M

Johannesburg, June 28, 2017:  Members of the SAIChE (IChemE) Gauteng branch were given an all access tour of the 3M South Africa Customer innovation Centre. The tour included a guided presentation of the numerous products made by 3M, and showcased the science behind the company’s innovative approach to product development and commercialization.

3M is known for many of the world’s most popular products, including the Post-it® Note, Scotch-Brite™ products, and Scotch® Magic™ Tape, to name but a few. What is probably less known is that, as a diversified technology company, 3M has more than 65,000 products that are sold worldwide!

In fact, 3M innovates across a wide range of industries as diverse as Health Care, Automotive, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Aviation, Oil & Gas, Industrial, Construction, Communications…. and more.

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious solutions. Their culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better and is perfectly enshrined in the 3M Vision:

3M Technology Advancing Every Company

3M Products Enhancing Every Home

3M Innovation Improving Every Life

It is this unique approach to innovation that consistently ranks 3M as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies published by Forbes Magazine.




The crowd watches in awe as the 3M host talks through the various Innovative products and solutions developed by 3M

The event was the best event hosted by the SAIChE (IChemE) Gauteng branch, with attendance numbers setting a new record for any member branch event hosted thus far. The event was also formally accredited with local Engineering governing body ECSA for 0.5 CPD points.

The tour included a detailed tour of the Customer Innovation Centre, along with a technical presentation by the 3M technical staff, providing valuable information relating to the development and application of the various products and technologies produced by 3M.

Members attending the event were pleasantly surprised by the level of technical detail provided by 3M, along with the incredible application of the various products and solutions showcased.

Speaking on behalf of 3M, Mr. Yemi Fatunla (General Manager for the 3M SA Industrial Business Group) had this to say: “We are extremely honored to be partnering with SAIChE (IChemE), and look forward to showcasing our products and solutions to the broader Chemical & Process Engineering fraternity. We would like to foster further collaboration in advancing the application of STEM education in the industry sectors we operate in, and see Chemical & Process Engineers as key to helping us deliver on this vision.”

The SAIChE (IChemE) Gauteng branch host regular member events, with the aim of bringing together members with key industry thought leaders, and opinion formers. For an update on future schedule of events, please see our social media pages on LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter.

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