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3M has always been known for its great consumer brands like Scotch Tape and Post-It Notes, but behind those everyday brands have always been innovative products that end up as parts in other manufacturers’ products. Today 3M is innovating technologies that are essential to smart phones and electric vehicles. Austen Hufford reports:

The company also highlighted its car business, saying its traffic safety and automotive electrification units complemented each other, leading to higher sales, lower costs and increased foresight on future car trends. The company makes electric car displays, backup-camera monitors, reflective sheeting used on highway signs and speed cameras.

Mr. Thulin has also been working to increase the company’s high-tech image even though it is best known for office products and cleaning supplies.

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