3M Co was incorporated in 1929 under the laws of the State of Delaware to continue operations begun in 1902. The Company is a diversified technology company. The Company's business segments are Industrial, Safety and Graphics, Health Care, Electronics and Energy, and Consumer. The Industrial segment serves markets, such as automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and automotive aftermarket (auto body shops and retail), electronics, appliance, paper and printing, packaging, food and beverage, and construction. Industrial products include tapes, a wide variety of coated, non-woven and bonded abrasives, adhesives, ceramics, sealants, specialty materials. The Safety and Graphics segment serves markets that increase the safety, security and productivity of people, facilities and systems. Its product offerings include personal protection products, traffic safety and security products, including border and civil security solutions, commercial solutions, including commercial graphics sheeting and systems, architectural design solutions for surfaces, and cleaning and protection products for commercial establishments, and roofing granules for asphalt shingles. The Health Care segment serves markets that include medical clinics and hospitals, pharmaceuticals, dental and orthodontic practitioners, health information systems, and food manufacturing and testing. The Electronics and Energy segment serves customers in electronics and energy markets, including solutions that improve the dependability, cost-effectiveness, and performance of electronic devices; electrical products, including infrastructure protection; telecommunications networks, and power generation and distribution. This segment's electronics solutions include the display materials and systems business, which provides films that serve numerous market segments of the electronic display industry. The Company provides distinct products for five market segments, including products for LCD computer monitors, LCD televisions, handheld devices such as cellular phones and tablets, notebook PCs and automotive displays. The Consumer segment serves markets that include consumer retail, office retail, office business to business, home improvement, drug and pharmacy retail, and other markets. Products in this segment include office supply products, stationery products, construction and home improvement products (do-it-yourself), home care products, protective material products, certain consumer retail personal safety products, and consumer health care products. The Company products are sold through numerous distribution channels, including directly to users and through numerous wholesalers, retailers, jobbers, distributors and dealers in a wide variety of trades in many countries around the globe. The Company's products are sold around the globe under various trademarks. It also owns, or holds licenses to use, numerous U.S. and foreign patents.
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