3M opens new innovation centre in Dubai
Dubai, January 27, 2011
3M, a recognised leader in research and development, has opened its groundbreaking innovation centre in Dubai.
The opening of the Dubai centre, set to bring 3M technology even closer to its regional customers, will provide 3M with an expanded facility in the Middle East to bring out more cost-effective customer centric solutions created specifically for the region.
“The Dubai centre will draw upon 3M’s global R&D strength and 45 technology platforms to provide solutions for local customers to experience all around the region,” stated Irfan Malik, vice president, 3M Middle East and Africa.
“In 3M we have an expression that says ‘3M is always within reach.’ This new centre, in addition to our Saif Zone Manufacturing Facility, demonstrates that we are continuously investing in the local market while consistently producing innovative customer centric products.”
Customer technical & innovation centres are unique to 3M around the world and serve as a mechanism for customer inspired innovation. The first of its kind in the Middle East region, the Dubai center will now offer potential customers, business partners, and research and development experts the exciting opportunity to test a host of 3M’s often groundbreaking innovations.
Located in Internet City, the centre, which is LEED certified and environmentally friendly, will be divided into fourteen zones showcasing all of 3M’s technology platforms, capabilities and products for the Middle East market.
“Today, 3M counts more than 50,000 innovative products that improve our world. With every new innovation center, we can be certain that number will continue to grow and that 3M’s development, products and technologies will only get better.”
“When touring our innovation centre our customers will discover the magic of 3M’s innovation by experiencing it. They will see, hear, touch and interact with our technologies on a first hand basis,” added Malik.
The center will also be a hub for training and product application in the region used to accelerate the development of new products and services locally across all of 3M’s businesses namely; healthcare, display & graphics, safety & security, industrial & transportation, electro communication as well as 3M’s verticals such as oil & gas.
The opening comes shortly after 3M Gulf’s inauguration of its Saif Zone Manufacturing Facility in Sharjah, a pre-built leased facility that will help create a faster reaction to the market needs of Gulf customers, as well as significant lead time improvement. The Dubai centre is the 23rd 3M center in the world.-TradeArabia News Service