Five Innovation Lessons from 3M

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Innovative Thoughts

3M logo3M is an iconic innovative company. Although mostly known for “sticky and scratchy things” (post-its and sandpaper), 3M have over 55,000 products, releasing 25 new products per week and had over 3700 global patents granted in 2016.

Over 90,000 employees, 200 manufacturing plants and 86 labs are all focused on progressing 3M’s innovation agenda, but how do 3M maintain and sustain this engine of innovation?

Wanting to know the answers, I visitedthe 3M Innovation Centre (Bracknell, UK) in October. From the moment I stepped in the door, I felt the inspiration andthe potential to make a difference. With pictures of “Hall of Fame Innovators” and 3Ms innovation elements plastered all around the building, I knew this visit was going to be special.

I met Wynne Lewis, UK R&D Director and Adam Newland, UK&I Senior Technical Manager, who shared some of 3M’s secret sauce: “Research is the transformation of…

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