Some of the better known 3M products include Scotch tape, Scotchgard, Thinsulate insulation for clothing, ACE braces and wraps and Scotch-Brite scouring pads. Additionally, the 3M company makes more than 1,000 different Post-it products that are popularly found in offices in nearly 100 countries, as noted by the 3M website.
The 3M company also offers many other products found in other industries, such as transportation, electronics, health care, manufacturing and telecommunication. Some products used in these industries include electrical tape, heat shrink, fasteners, abrasive products for sanding projects and sealants. Similarly, 3M also manufactures products for the medical and personal care fields, including Nexcare bandages wound cleanser and stethoscope.
The 3M company was founded in 1902 in Minnesota as a mining venture called the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. In the 1920s, the company began producing tape products, such as Scotch tape and masking tape.